Parents Revolt Against School Calendar Changes to Summer Break

The DeKalb County School System is backing off proposed plans to curtail summer vacation next year after heavily negative polling response.

So, parents – likely many from the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area – have spoken, and one thing is abundantly clear.

Don't mess with our summer vacation.

The DeKalb County School System has backed off its plans to spread the summer vacation out across the year more because it irritated plenty of parents who claimed they already planned their vacations.

From an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story:

The idea, officials say, was to limit students' loss of knowledge over the long summer and to give teachers more development time each week.

"I heard clearly from teachers ... that they wanted some time," Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said Wednesday. She also heard clearly from parents who didn't want to give that time, at least not next year.

Nearly 37,000 people responded to an online survey that sought comment on three proposed calendars for the 2012-13 school year, said Deputy Superintendent Kathy Howe. About 1,500 responded in the first hour, more than typically respond to any kind of school district survey, she said.

Do you think parents will feel differently if the school system plans ahead two years? Or is this simply a "save our summer" response from county parents? Tell us in the comments section below.

JuliaMcElroy April 19, 2012 at 10:32 PM
The problem with the calendar change was that Atkinson wanted to put it in effect THIS August, moving the start date when 99% of us parents have already made summer plans. If she had asked about changing the calendar starting in 2013, she would have found more support for an altered calendar.
Jane April 21, 2012 at 12:29 AM
This is a culture clash. Upper income people like long breaks so that they can enjoy vacations, summer camps, learning camps, etc. Working class parents need their children to learn more from school than from home/camp/summer experience. Upper income students do not "lose" knowledge over the summer, they gain it via experiential learning. Watch as the upper income people leave public schools in droves due to this calendar.
prettyflower April 22, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Agreed. I would not mind if they addressed this again in the future, particularly if there was time for parents to read the available research on the topic.


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