Longer School Day for Alabama Students?

Alabama officials say the state can

Saving student drop-outs

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama officials say the state can't afford
to enforce President Barack Obama's suggestion of lengthening the
school day.

President Obama says that children should spend more time in
school to make U.S. education globally competitive.

State Superintendent Joe Morton says it's a good idea, but the
timing is bad.

Four years ago, Alabama increased its school year from 175 days
to 180. That cost $90 million including higher teacher salaries.

But since then, Alabama schools have cut millions of dollars
from their budgets amid falling tax revenues and a struggling
economy. A longer day would cost more.

For example, every school day costs $720,000 in Baldwin County
alone.

Information from: Press-Register,
http://www.al.com/mobileregister

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Joey Location: dothan on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    So we put men on the moon. Built the most powerful nation on earth. And did this without all the years of schooling that people go to now. Also if the schools arent doing a good job of educating our children now? What makes them think they will do any better if they have to try and work longer hours to do it? Do they think that by keeping the kids there longer it will give them a longer attention span? Also do we really want the government having direct in house control over our children or any other element of our society than they already do? They are even starting to screw up parts of the military now.
  • by Dana Location: Dothan on Oct 4, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    Kids in the UK go to school 195 days a year; kids in Japan 240. Our kids are being left behind, like it or not.
  • by Tom Location: Dothan on Oct 4, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    Yep let's cheap out on education that way when the dropout rate reaches 50% and there are no jobs and the good citizens of Alabama can't even afford to go to Wal-Mart and buy the stuff now made in China then we will have made the grade. But make sure that the governor is busy making sure none of that evil bingo is played in this state,
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