Obama calls for longer school year, but is it affordable?

09/29/2010 | Google

President Barack Obama is again calling on school districts nationwide to adopt a longer school year as a way to help improve student achievement, but such a proposition could cost school districts and states billions of dollars. "If you extend the school year for, say, five days, you're paying for another week of salaries, another week of utilities and another week of fuel for, in South Carolina, 5,700 school buses," said a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Education.

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