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January 14, 2013

Debate ongoing over longer school year

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NORMAN —

The debate has divided parents and educators.

School days shorter than work days and summer breaks that extend to as many as 12 weeks in some areas run up against increasing political pressure from working households — 30 percent of which are headed by women. These families must fill the gaps with afterschool programs, day care, babysitters and camps.

The National Center on Time & Learning has estimated that about 1,000 districts have adopted longer school days or years.

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