Let’s face it. Decisions that affect everyone are made by a chosen few. Yes, the few that choose to vote.
Look at the August 4th election numbers for Davidson County. Only 10.7 % of our population voted. Worse than that, less than 20 % of registered voters took the time to vote that day.
Another vote will take place with the Board of Metro Nashville Public Schools at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 23rd. Up for board vote is the school year calendar.
I have mixed emotions over the school-schedule opportunities facing Metro Nashville Public Schools. With no kids in school now, we really don’t have a dog in this fight, but I know whatever is decided will cause an uproar to many. Now is the chance to get involved.
The choice is between the “Traditional Calendar” and a new revised “Balanced Calendar.” Here are definitions, from the Metro Nashville Public School website:
When I attended Metro Schools, school was out for the summer on or before Memorial Day weekend and we returned to school after Labor Day weekend. It was easy to plan family vacations. It was easy to secure summer employment, especially for seasonal businesses. On occasion, the scheduled last day of school would change, depending on whether or not we under/over used the amount of planned snow days. Global warming wasn’t even a subject back then, but those classrooms sure were hot without air-conditioning!
I can see many advantages to both calendars. Three months away from a school environment can erase progress made in the prior school year. But on the flip, three months of summertime employment might help feed a family that might otherwise be hungry. A tough decision. And one that everyone CAN be involved in.
A recent phone survey was conducted among those persons involved or affected and the results were released today:
Proponents of the new “balanced calendar” project an increase in operating schools from the now 173 days to 180 of $20 million annually. That is a lot of money. But on the other hand, we have to try something to increase the performance and quality of our public schools.
What can you do? Let your school board members know your preference. Here are the current board members who will be deciding this issue:
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