Short Year, Limited Progress

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Jan 29, 1:00 AM

180 days: Students deserve more

lready, Kanawha and 20 other county school boards lament that, as usual, they cannot meet the 180-day school year prescribed by state law. That's a shame, because Mountain State youths need all the education they can get. Too many international reports show U.S. students trailing foreign counterparts, especially in all-important math and science. This is ominous, both for individual youngsters and for America's future. Last year, the Legislature tackled the perennial problem of county school systems that miss the 180-day mark. Local boards were given more flexibility to start the year early or end late.

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