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Brunswick Co. gets waiver for 180-day school year

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- For the second year in a row, Brunswick County Schools has received a waiver to give it flexibility in its school calendar. The waiver from the state Board of Education lets the district keep its calendar at 180 instructional days instead of 185 for the 2012-2013 school year.

The legislature mandated in its budget passed in summer 2011 that North Carolina's school year would extend to 185 instructional days. Because of the late notice, many districts, including Brunswick County, received a waiver for the 2011-2012 school year allowing them to keep their already adopted 180-day calendars.

Under the waiver for 2012-2013, Brunswick County Schools must use the five waived days for mandatory work days for staff. The district says it also gives it flexibility for make-up days if school has to be canceled.

When the legislature added the extra days, critics said it would be difficult for schools to fit make-up days into a calendar that is already tight. State law also mandates schools cannot start classes before August 25 or end after June 10. That law is meant to protect the state's tourism industry, which says it relies on seasonal student labor and vacationing families during the summer.

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180 day school year isn't really the problem

While it's true that the U.S. is falling behind other developed countries in educational achievement and N.C. is behind a lot of other states in the U.S., it's not because of the amount of time students spend in school.
While state requirements vary on the number of instructional days and hours in the year, the majority of states set the school year at 180 days (30 states). Eleven states set the minimum number of instructional days between 160 and 179 days, two states set the minimum above 180 days (Kansas and Ohio) and eight states currently do not set a minimum number of instructional days.
Comparing the U.S. to other countries, when it comes to the total number of actual instructional hours per year, we're about the same as, or higher, than most other countries with the exceptions being France and Taiwan (from a survey done a couple of years ago).
Having said that, we still seem to be falling behind. Perhaps the problem is as much a societal issue as it is scholastic one. The diminishing number of parents attending parent-teacher conferences is a pretty good indicator of the lack of family involvement in scholastics these days. Combine that with many schools being more interested in how little Johhny feels about things vs what little Johnny has actually learned and you've got the ingredients for a national crises.

All the five days does is to

All the five days does is to allow the education system more time to waste.

What a joke

This state is by far the most backward of all 50. Letting the tourism dictate the school system? NC, you are a joke.

That's capitalism at work

That's capitalism at work for ya.

Right because most states

Right because most states don't give students the summer off. Oh thats's right most states do give students the summer off. I think they need the break to be kids. They're growing up too fast as is.

Joke

By all means please go back to your "forward" state. It use to be real nice here till all the tourist came here and stayed.

Native ???

... "real nice here till all the tourist came here and stayed"

A couple of hundred years ago, I would guess the original "natives" were saying pretty much the same thing.