Metro schools to survey parents about future academic calendar

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 7:21pm
Staff reports

The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Board of Education will conduct a survey this week to determine the level of citizen interest in a so-called balanced school calendar rather than the traditional calendar — beginning with the 2012-12 academic school year.

On Wednesday, a reminder call will be made to parents about the upcoming survey. On Thursday, Aug. 18, a call will be made to parents and employees asking for their input on the calendar. 

The balanced calendar would have school begin in late July (July 25 has been mentioned) or early August. Starting at this time would require $20 million in additional funds.

A balanced schedule would include longer fall and spring breaks with optional school programs so that students could receive enrichment activities, extra help in math and reading, and college prep during the breaks. It also would include an eight-week summer break. The balanced calendar has 180 school days for students.

The traditional school calendar that Metro schools currently use begins in mid-August, with a 10-week summer break, one-week fall and spring breaks, and 176 school days for students.

In the survey, respondents will hear the following: 

Please indicate your preference by choosing one of the following options:

Press 1 if you support the balanced calendar.

Press 2 if you support the current traditional calendar.

For additional information on the proposed calendars, visit www.mnps.org.

3 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 8/17/11 at 5:19

Press 3 if you support the state worrying less about the calender and more about educating the children.

By: matahari on 8/17/11 at 9:25

option 3 please

By: localboy on 8/18/11 at 2:06

Much like voting, the first option will be the one most likely selected by those who don't feel up to speed on the issue...no subtle bias here, eh?