Analysis: Illinois schools see academic year cut for planning time

09/22/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Many school districts in Illinois provide fewer than the required 176 instructional days each year, according to an analysis by the Chicago Tribune, partly because of the amount of time allotted for teacher planning. Some say more time for examining data and planning lessons is crucial to student achievement, but others worry about the impact on student learning.

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