Washington state superintendent wants schools to avoid half-days

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

“Just because the adults have the problem of not having enough money does not mean we should take away kids' instructional time,” Randy Dorn told KING 5.

Now in his fifth year as superintendent, Dorn has seen unprecedented cuts to Washington’s educational system, the result of the 2007-08 financial crisis and a still recovering economy. As tax receipts from property taxes fell, many school districts looked for creative, low cost ways to provide teachers with time for training and collaboration on lesson plans.

“So they moved to this partial-day thing,” said Dorn. “I think it’s a burden on parents, working parents that have to do all the arrangements.”

By law, Washington school districts must provide 180 days of instruction to students. If the students show up for even one minute of instruction, the district can count that as a school day.

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