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Old 01-22-2011, 08:40 AM   #1
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Default How many school days are required in your state?

Ohio currently requires 180 days and wants to eventually have 200 days per school year.
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:43 AM   #2
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181 in PA. Used to be 180. That one day makes all the difference.
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:57 AM   #3
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Had to look it up. 180.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:05 AM   #4
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180. Schools are already strapped for money, so it is hard to imagine being able to afford paying the teachers for 20 more days per year.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:08 AM   #5
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Perhaps going to year-round school would be the answer, staying with the 180 but taking breaks after every quarter instead of one large summer break.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:10 AM   #6
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I like the idea of year-round school. Of course, my youngest is a junior in high school and since nothing will change for him maybe I'm prejudiced.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:18 AM   #7
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180.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:43 AM   #8
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I guess 180...but we are only scheduled to go 177 days. Actually we are scheduled for 180...but we have 3 "PB" days...those are pay back days.

Our school day is longer than what is required, so I am told by the school...so we are able to go less days.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:48 AM   #9
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Kids have 180 required and we schedule 183 for emergency days.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:56 AM   #10
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Guest - i don't think the new Gov is going to go to the 200. He doesn't like the previous gov plan for education due to all the unfunded mandates - and the 200 days is one of those. My understanding is he'd like to throw it all out, but because Ohio is to receive Race to the Top funds, he can't do that - but he will change it up a bit.

There are the 2 representatives from Bowling Green area trying to repeal the mandatory all day kdg - which i agree w/ - because it is an unfunded mandate. It will cost districts over a million dollars to do that(hiring extra teachers & building new classrooms) when there are no dollars to do it.

Do i think all day kdg is beneficial?? Depends on the child - so make it an option. Kids get used to the longer days and they can do ok. But it goes back to letting district deciding what is best for their students.

My sister( a surgeon) & i had this conversation actually this morning...People who never set foot in an operating room designing an operating room and then don't understand why it doesn't operate efficiently.

Govt folks who never spent time in a classroom making decisions about education.....
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180 here. I wouldn't mind if they went to 190.
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:59 PM   #12
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NC requires 180. Our new screwed up school board here in Wake County wants to have a 4 day week with extra hours in the day so they can save money. They want the state to change their requirement.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:06 PM   #13
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Speaking as a former kid, one hundred and eighty days was more then enough and the summer break is a must, would have never wanted my summer eaten with going to that annoying school thing. (However that only applies for the time I was in public school)
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:53 PM   #14
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Call me old-fashioned, but I like the summer off schedule - kids need play time, and they aren't getting it. Unfortunately, schools are taking over the parental role, and far too many parents are willing to hand their children into our care.
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I LOVED year round school!!!!! We went 9 wks, off 2 weeks and about 9 or 10 weeks off during the summer. This new superintendent put us back on traditional school year and i'm seeing teachers taking more "mental health" days...

The teachers needed the 2 weeks off as much as the kids. The 2 weeks allowed me to do major revamps to what I was doing if i needed. Now, I don't do that - i do make changes, but not like i used to be able to do.
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:08 PM   #16
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Here is it is also 180.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:16 PM   #17
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180 here and if it were more,
I would think it would be beneficial, if the time were used wisely.
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:32 PM   #18
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180 here.. our snow days are built into that by all kids having longer days (7:45-2:45)
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176 days
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:09 AM   #20
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I am not 100% certain that what I am about to say is still accurate, but when my girls were in school, there was number of days that the students had to attend,(US gov mandated) in order for the school to receive federal funds.

In the girls school, if a child went under that number (without a 'legal' excuse), in order not to be failed, they would have to make the days up on Saturday. It was like an in schools suspension day, IMO. It also cost the amount per child/per day the school received plus the cost of the teachers Saturday salary.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:46 AM   #21
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It is 180 days here. http://ask.yahoo.com/20050509.html this page has a link to a word document with all the states. Some states go by hours, that may be why Momto4 can have fewer but longer days.
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