Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing a longer school year to keep the state competitive in today’s economy. The question is, can the state afford the extra week of K-12 instruction?
Mr. Nixon wants to push the state requirement of 174 days in school up to 180, the national average. Kansas requires schools to be in session for 186 days. Iowa’s minimum is 180 days. Nebraska requires elementary schools to have 1,032 instructional hours (172 days) and high schools to provide a minimum of 1,080 instructional hours (180 days).
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