Bill would extend Maine school year by five days

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers are going to consider a bill to lengthen Maine's mandatory minimum school year by five days.

A bill before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on Wednesday would extend the school year from 180 days to 185 days a year. The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Peter Edgecomb of Caribou, who's also a member of the education committee.

A separate bill also to be reviewed by the education committee would mandate that the school year not begin before September 1.

The rule would apply beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year and would apply to elementary schools, secondary schools, the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System.

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Goodbye Summer

With additional school days, and a delayed opening, on top of the snow days, the schools will eventually be deciding whether or not to take the 4th of July as a paid holiday. What is the underlying rationale for this bill? It can't be quality of education, because state mandates already have taken that out of schools. Teaching has gone out the window, and the "teachers" in the classrooms are merely programming the students.

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And in 5 days...

What is adding 5 days going to do?


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