That feeling of freedom on the last day of school before summer vacation never got old. Regardless of what age you were, it was no doubt the best day of the year, and I can still picture the excitement and joy of fellow classmates as we planned out our summer vacations. But the Louisiana legislature is trying to change that.

State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley wants Louisiana to explore options other than the traditional nine months of school, followed by three months of summer break. According to the Advocate, a bill is moving through the state Legislature that would urge up to half a dozen school districts to reconsider the usual calendar year for students.

The reasoning behind the change is to lessen the summer learning loss which sometimes happens when kids are away from the classroom for three months. It can account for up to a 30% loss from what was learned during the previous school year. Brumley tells the Advocate "I am not here to tell you that a balanced calendar is a cure all. But given where we are in outcomes we should be exploring all options that make a difference in the lives of our students and teachers."

House Education Committee Chairman Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette is the sponsor of Bill #528, which has already cleared the House Education Committee with no objections and will now head to the full House. It proposes year-round classes, with periodic breaks.



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