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Shifting School Schedules

by Hayley Glatter, Emily Deruy, and Alia Wong

The Atlantic

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Fixing America's Broken School Calendar

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and despite the crispness of new notebook paper and the allure of Friday night lights, it’s hard to ignore the serious inequities, debates, and issues currently hampering America’s education system.

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Finding New Calendar/School Day Scheduling Options

Many, but not all, students at both the K-12 and higher ed levels headed back to school in September beginning what has been, for many, a traditional schedule of instruction with semesters running from August/September through mid-December, and January through May/June. But some schools, and school systems, are testing different models. What can we all learn from the successes and challenges they’ve faced?

As schools and school systems experiment with new scheduling options, both in terms of the school year and the typical school day, some are having successes and others are floundering to find solutions that work well for all. The educators and other experts interviewed for this round-up share their ideas on what the ideal school experience might be. Chances are, though, that there will not be a one-size-fits-all solution that will meet all stakeholder needs.