On Wednesday night, APS board members decided not to extend the school year 10 days for the entire district in a four to three vote. The decision was reached after more than two dozen parents, teachers, and students spoke during public comment. The majority of those speakers were against the proposal that would not only extend the school year from 178 days to 188, but also add 90 minutes of class time to kindergarten through 5th grader classes.
A few board members explained their decision, saying that they’ve received so many emails and calls from concerned parents asking for them to vote ‘No’ on the proposal.
Albuquerque Public Schools was considering adding 10 days to the school year. The first day of classes would be July 27, and the school year would end on May 25.
Currently, the school year is 178 days long. The national average is actually 180 days, and more than 30 states require their school year to have at least 180 days in the classroom.
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