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Shorten the School Year

mark4teach Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 9:00 PM
has a BS in business. I'm at school from 6:30 to 3:00 in the afternoon. Then tutor three days a week. I to do not get paid for the summer, nor can I draw unemployment. Money is taken from my pay check to pay for the summer I'm off.

Vincent Gray, who is the mayor of Washington, D.C., which has some of the worst public schools in America, has an idea he believes will improve them: Keep children there longer.

"It is time for us to get rid of what I think is an agrarian concept," Gray told a Washington radio station this spring, "and that is the days, in the 19th century, when it was thought that children had to get home early to help out with the chores, when they had to get out of school in June and go back at the end of the summer...