Some Lawmakers Want To Lengthen Summer Vacation For Students

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers are making another attempt to
lengthen summer breaks for Kentucky students.
Democratic state Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville is the lead
sponsor of a bill that would bar classes from starting until late August. Only school districts that have year-round schedules would be exempted from the mandate.
Pendleton acknowledges the measure faces an uncertain future in
a General Assembly that has refused to consider such legislation in
past years.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Morehead MOM Location: Morehead on Feb 25, 2008 at 04:08 PM
    I have to agree with some of these comments. The teachers are FORCED to teach around the testing. The kids are not learning what they should be. My students have come home on many many occasions and said they watched movies all day!! If they have that kind of time then they can give them their summer break! Start after Labor Day! Fall break is a joke! From mid August until January 2nd they have way to many days off. I say let them have a spring break and get out the week of Memorial Day. Teach them what will get them in college not how much money your district will get if they all pass the CATS tests!! Where are the priorities? I pray for all the teachers that do want to teach them the right things!!!! Keep up the good work.
  • by Cindy Location: Ky on Feb 25, 2008 at 01:30 PM
    I believe we do need more time out for summer. Kids anymore are expected to be little adults instead of children. School to them is like a job to us we all get burned out after a while. go back to the basics and leave the rest alone. Let our children be children first then they can grow into being adults.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Feb 25, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    I am a stay-at-home mom of three children, and I think it would be fantastic if they had a longer summer break and started school after Labor Day. What is wrong with those of you who think children and teachers don't need/deserve a break? How about those of you who say you are going to go crazy as a result having your children home with you for a longer period of time? Shame on all of you! My son is in Kindergarten in the Fayette County school district and they really don't have that many days off throughout the year... I have been very impressed with the school is sooo amazing to see how much my son has learned this year. I have been involved with every aspect of my child's education...sounds like some of you are only concerned about having the school staff "babysit" your child(ren) all day. I can tell you why kids get in trouble when school is not in is called lack of parental supervision/involvement!
  • by Micheal on Feb 25, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    joanne and Tim said it best. Nothing more to add.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Feb 25, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    When I read what Dreg wrote, I laughed, because I really thought it was meant as a joke. It sounds just like something some deadbeat would say, but I doubt somebody would actually admit it-it was a joke, right? I don't think they need to lengthen the school year, but I do think they should make some changes to what they actually teach or don't teach. Kids get bored with school, and they need to have some reason to want to learn. I know with mine, they always did better when they had teachers who made the classes interesting-nobody wants to sit and listen to a teacher that is boring, and acts like the only reason they are there to begin with, is for a paycheck. Notice I said "a paycheck"-I didn't say a big paycheck, because we all know that isn't the case! I feel sorry for teachers who have kids who don't want to learn, but it takes parents and teachers working together to make the learning experience inviting. Teach them how things will be in the "real world".
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2008 at 09:03 AM
    AMEN TIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Leah on Feb 25, 2008 at 09:02 AM
    David, go ahead and pull your kids out of school in October. Who really cares? When I went to school, there was no fall break, no Monday off for MLK Day, no Monday off for Presidents Day, no day off for special in service and I think I turned out a lot better than some of the kids are nowadays. I see more and more kids dropping out of school because there is more concern over teachers and school systems getting bonuses rather than educating the right way. I'm seeing more seniors go to work at Wal-Mart and factories than go on to college because they don't have the know-how or the grades to go to college. The schools are not there to educate the kids in any way. This CATS testing and the special funding schools get for good scores has blinded the education system. Go back to reading, writing and arithmetic. And make sure you teach writing. I don't think there is a child out there who can write properly, much less read what they have written.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    To for your more education not less comment, I think that this is outrageous! The reason that our kids are falling behind is because of all this CATS testing and No Child Left Behind malarky (yeah, I said malarky) that is in our schools now. CATS testing has never worked and it will never work! Schools are griping because they have it, now they gripe because it might be done away with. As for me, I say do away with it. School systems have found ways around things and just cram the kids with what they think may be on the tests and there are so many loopholes. Portfolios are of the devil and they should be done away with too. Kids aren't learning anything nowadays because they aren't taught anything. There are posters in the classroom with answers to tests on them and all they have to do is look at the posters. Just the other day, a senior in high school tried to spell Clinton and Obama and failed. Our education system is a joke. It needs reform!! NOW!!!
  • by joanne Location: cumberland on Feb 25, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    let the kids out extra in the summer, cut some of the homework, more teaching by the system and lots and lots of support and work from us parents and grandparents
  • by Tim Location: morehead on Feb 25, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    Let them start after labor day and out by memorial day. Way too many days off during the year, early dismissals, teacher sick days (these people get an obscene amount of time off considering they don't work during the summers!) We don't need a fall break or a whole week in the spring. A long weekend would be fine. As for the schools in morehead, after the cats testing, the kids don't do anything for the last three or four weeks anyway. Let them stay at home. Education reform is needed desperately!!! Teachers are not teaching reading, math, etc... they are teaching the cats test. Our children sure do know how to color in a bubble! In the meantime, I have had to teach my 5th grader basic multiplication! I asked why she had never learned this! She let me know that all the desks have a pad or cover on them that has the multiplication tables for their use! No need to learn. We can surely do better by our children than this.


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