LAUSD Hopes Less Summer Means Better Test Scores
The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering curbing summer for its students in order to better prepare them for first semester exams, according to an AP report published by CBS2.
The nation's second largest school district is theorizing that an August start will give pupils a better shot to succeed on tests, because the first semester would end before the calendar year and not be disrupted by the winter break.
The proposal is to begin the school year about three weeks earlier, putting the first day of school in the waning weeks of summer. However, the school year would not be extended. One objection raised so far is that it is too hot in August for students to be in class; perhaps those critics are forgetting how hot is was in Los Angeles just this past October. The LAUSD board will vote on the schedule next month.