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Lawmakers Encourage Year-Round School Option

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RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -

The debate over year-round schooling is rolling back into Richmond. Democratic lawmakers want to give school divisions the option to institute year-round calendars, with more days for additional instruction.

Supporters say year-round schools can help teachers and students avoid the so-called "summer slide." They want each division to have local control over what works best for its students.

“It doesn't have to be a whole school division; it could be a particular school. We're trying to give localities as much flexibility to deal with their issues as they see fit,” said 9th District Senator Donald McEachin (D).

The proposal includes $2.4 million in annual spending. Despite higher average costs, a 2012 state study found year-round schools can help raise test scores for at-risk and minority students.

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