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Many Complaints at First "Calendar 2.0" Public Forum

The first public forum took place for the controversial proposed school calendar for students in the Vermont Champlain Valley.
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. - The first public forum took place for the controversial proposed school calendar for students in the Vermont Champlain Valley.
 
The idea is called "Calendar 2.0."

Inside the cafeteria at Essex High School Wednesday, parents told school leaders what they think of a change to the school calendar.

Superintendents say they were challenged to improve student performance and also meet new Vermont standards which call for more personalized learning.

"As superintendents, we thought it was time to look at how we're going to embrace some of these changes that are coming our way and one of the ways we'd like to start is by looking at a new calendar," says John Barone, Milton Town Superintendent.

Barone says the number of school days would stay the same. But Barone says the plan is to cut a few weeks off summer break and add several longer breaks during the year. He says students will benefit as will teachers.

"One of the biggest advantages is not having to pull teachers out of the classrooms as much to do professional development activities," says Barone.

But many here were skeptical of the plan. Some didn't think that more breaks would provide time for students falling behind to catch up.

There are three more public forums. The superintendents hope to make a decision next spring.

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