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Mon March 24, 2014
Would year-round schools work in Michigan?
Some at-risk schools in Michigan could soon get more state funding if they agree to go year-round.
In his budget address in February, Gov. Snyder called for a state pilot program to encourage year-round schooling. School districts could get money to add air conditioning and other upgrades to old buildings so they could operate during the summer.
Supporters of the measure say students lose a lot of what they learn during the school year after long summer breaks.
State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, is sponsoring year-round education legislation. He says teachers have to reeducate students in September and October.
“You could have 30 and even up to 60 of the 180 days of kids relearning what they should already know,” said Schor.
But do these measures actually work?
Harris Cooper is professor and the chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He joined us today to share his thoughts.
Listen to the interview above.