26, 1989, Iacocca called for year-round school as a means to improve public education and ensure the nation is competitive in a global market place.
That will be difficult for the nation's governors in this case, since you [NAYRE] were promoting year-round education long before we came upon the idea. Nevertheless, you may hear one or more of us claim credit. Try not to think of it as piracy; it's really flattery."
In 1973, John McLain, a founder of the year-round school advocacy group that emerged subsequent to the Valley View experiment, wrote:
It emerged from the mass of media coverage given to the Valley View (Illinois) School District 96, which was the first in the nation to implement a year-round calendar district wide to address a school overcrowding.
Gove write in their book detailing the events:
“There is no doubt that 1970-71 is the school year in which the
“great debate” over year-round education ended—the year in which
action began, on a nationwide scale.
The movement was born but the debate rages still across the country in 2003.
In fact, the Western-most states listed as the five largest year-round school districts (California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada and Texas) by enrollment in the 2001-02 represented 78% of the entire public, charter or private year-round school students nationwide.
And yet, with backing from the governors and the White House, the largest support for year-round school by 2001 remained concentrated in a handful of states.
In 2001, California’s schools accounted for “half of the nation’s total enrollment on all year-round calendars combined,” education researcher Ross Mitchell testified in the
By the 2001-02 school year, California claimed 205 of the nation’s 559 public school districts using a year-round calendar or 37%,but its 1,373,742 year-round public school students represented nearly 63% of the total 2,184,596.
But in early 1990, there were clear signs in California that the year-round calendar was not fulfilling promises of academic benefit and cost-savings, and was complicating family life.
Within five years, nationwide year-round school enrollment doubled to 733,660, with California public schools still representing 85% of the total and Los Angeles schools claiming nearly 30%.
Teachers, including Zoe Dean at Oakland’s Allendale Year-Round School, told Asimov thatyear-round students stillforgot studies during the shorter mid-year vacation breaks and still required review time. Other findings in the Asimov report:
Only 74 across the nation were year-round schools in the 2001-02 school year. Florida had just one using a year-round schedule in the 2001-02 school year.(Gov.
White, who became a NAYRE consultant after retiring in 1987 as a central office administrator in Jefferson County, Colorado, (where the year-round calendar was dropped after many years) argues in a paper dated February 1994 that a year-round calendar is an integral component for successful school-to-work programs.
"The eighties will bring a renewal of interest in and growth of year-round education as societies begin a period of rapid transition and transformation leading toward the year 2000 and beyond, and the consideration of alternative global futures,” the 1979-80 NCYRE 7th Annual National Reference Directory of Year-Round Education said.
Bush’s year-round school proposal is puzzling unless, of course, he is, as critics claim, trying to punish voters for demanding smaller classes.
Interestingly, former President George H.W.