Behind the Headline: Schools putting lessons on Internet to cut into snow days



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Schools putting lessons on Internet to cut into snow days
Denver Post | 05/23/11

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Time for School?
Education Next | Winter 2010

Some school districts are making up snow days online instead of extending the school year in June. A study that appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next looked at the impact of lost instructional days on student achievement.




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  • Paul DiPerna says:

    For more references, Mississinawa Valley School District’s story was discussed a while back on NPR, and also mentioned on Valerie Strasuss’ WaPo blog.

    http://www.npr.org/2010/11/22/131512157/for-some-ohio-students-less-play-on-snow-days

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/technology/school-district-turns-snow-day.html

    It seems like there is some movement in a range of districts around the country to replace snow days with E-Days. However proposals are starting to pop up that would affect the regular school calendar as well.

    Our school district is a case in point.. Our school board (Zionsville, IN) is currently considering a middle school’s proposal to replace six regular days with e-days.

    Justification is based primarily on the need for professional development, and secondarily on fiscal savings (about $45K).

    A short survey was sent out to parents, but as far as I can tell, there was no question asking if a parent favors/opposes the proposal. Omitting that kind of question to parents, in itself, I think speaks a thousand words.

    The second half of this podcast contains the 15-20 minute board discussion:

    http://cms.zcs.k12.in.us/sites/default/files/media/podcasts/Bdmtg_5-9-11.MP3

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