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Districts exploring year-round schooling

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Could year-round schooling improve student learning? That's the question state lawmakers are hoping to answer with a new pilot program converting some public schools to an all-year calendar.

The plan initially targets high poverty districts, but could be expanded to other schools if it works.

Josha Talison is the Superintendent for Beecher community schools.  

He supports a bill state lawmakers are considering that encourages more Michigan schools to hold classes year round.

Talison says the Beecher district implemented a balanced calendar this school year and is pleased with the outcome.

Under the legislation, low-income school districts would apply to the state for funding to add air conditioning to school buildings.

The schools then must convert to a year-round calendar for at least three years.

Superintendent Talison says if lawmakers pass this bill, they could get some funding for new air conditioners.

Talison says his district is already seeing improvements in their test scores since making the switch to year round classes.  He thinks more Michigan schools will also make the switch soon.

The legislation still has to go before the full house and the senate before it can be signed into law.

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