Longer Middle School Year

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The traditional school year has always included a summer break so kids could help with farm chores, but maybe throwing out the agrarian calendar would improve student achievement. Governor Davis has put forth a plan that would fund six more weeks of middle school and provide summertime reading and math assistance. Supporters say the program would benefit needy students. Critics cite curriculum, counseling and teacher preparation as better uses for the funds. We get two views from Kerry Mazzoni, California's newly-appointed Education Secretary, and Robert Turnage, of the legislative analyst's office. (Kyle McKinnon guest hosts this half-hour edition of WWLA.)
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California's Secretary for Education

California's legislative analyst's office



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton