Lawmakers Consider Year-Round School

State lawmakers are considering ending summer break for some students, and they have the support of school superintendents.

Educators argue students do much better without summer vacation, and lawmakers believe failing schools will benefit the most. Two schools in Petersburg, struggling to meet academic standards plan, to start the next school year early.

Petersburg superintendent Dr. Joseph Melvin believes year-round schooling is the best option to bring the students up to academic standards and prepare them for standardized testing.

"When you significantly look at disadvantaged students African-American students and blacks that they show increases in SOL test scores," Melvin said.

AP Hill Elementary and Peabody Middle are adding 20 extra days to the academic calendar. Petersburg is spending about a half a million dollars for those days.

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