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shucks


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Posted - 05/31/2011 :  08:40:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What Mensa drop out made the decision for school to be in session this week? 99.9% of all GA schools let out last week, but NO!!!UCHS had to go this week and Memorial day. Snow or bad weather days has nothing to do with it.Try poor planning and lack of orginazation.

I know that if I had a vacation already planned, my kids would just miss school. My neighbor had a cruise scheduled this week and he took his kids out of school and left-worry about the consequences later. It is asinine to have to go to school this week.

Maybe things will change with a new Superintendent next year. We can only hope.

Shucks

meg

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Posted - 05/31/2011 :  10:54:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Shucks, just out of curiosity, if it were up to you to decide, how would the schools make up the 10 days that were missed because of snow?Go to Top of Page
Mr Bill

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Posted - 05/31/2011 :  1:12:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You will be wanting to complain to your state government, not anything to do with our local school board, our superintendent, or any county government employee. If you really, really want to talk to them, contact the Policy Division at 404‐657‐2965 or by email at policy@doe.k12.ga.us. 

Georgia private schools must provide 180 days of instruction each year. Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-690(b)(3), d.

Georgia Public schools must provide 160 days of instruction each year, bookended around holiday breaks, teacher workdays, and even inclement weather.

It doesn't matter if the students met their educational goals or not - the state requires the amount of time to be met.

Here's a good document on how they get the figure 160 days:
http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/DMGetDocument.aspx/180%20school%20days%20and%20number%20of%20hours%20v2.pdf?p=6CC6799F8C1371F6DD5D156891328E659C3C5FA7A3069FA875C2D1A494E5994C&Type=D

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shucks


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Posted - 05/31/2011 :  1:20:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I believe Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin and Rabun had as much snow as Union, naybe towns. They are all out, I think.

The state can forgive up to 10 days for inclement weather and to forgive the 180 rule. Several schools systems did. All you have to do is ask.Why not Union?

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Mr Bill

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Posted - 05/31/2011 :  2:55:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow. You sure do know how to take the wind out of my sails. I'm curious about the particulars myself.

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shucks


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Posted - 06/01/2011 :  1:11:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mr. Bill, I may have been somewhat presumptious in my observations. I think there are other factors in the decision to keep school in session longer.

As everyone is aware there has been a lot of verbage about the school systems. The state cannot settle on whether or not to use a "balanced" calender school year or the so called "alternative school program". The difference is the standard balanced year gets out early, has less breaks in the year. For the schools who elected the alternative program got caught in the uproar and could not change.
Why would a school be put on the spot? It all has to do with the unknown, how many "furlough" days for teachers, the time spent during the day, how many positions will be terminated. We all remember this from ;ast year.

So, only 2 more days of school, it will be all over til next year. Maybe the learned state officials will get their act together and start doing what they should do, Educate the kids!!!!!Go to Top of Page

meg

United States
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Posted - 06/02/2011 :  10:26:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I really don't think the school can make a decision that makes everyone happy. No matter what they do, someone is going to complain. People complain because test scores are low, but they also complain when the school wants the students to make up missed days. Ten days is a lot of instruction time and it could make a big difference in how students perform on tests if they miss that instruction time.Go to Top of Page
   
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