Longer school year for Oklahoma?

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

OKLAHOMA CITY -- State lawmakers in Oklahoma are considering extending the school year.

Governor Brad Henry and State Superintendent Sandy Garrett are among those backing plans to add to Oklahoma’s 175 days of required instruction.

Oklahoma has the fewest school days in the nation, stemming from early statehood when children were expected to help out on family farms.

Educators and political leaders say today's students need more study to prepare for the 21st century's global economy.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    yo, there better not be any school days added!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    I don't know why people seem to think that adding an extra 5 days to the school year is going to make the difference betweem whether their kids will end up being gas station attendants or CEO's of Fortune 500 companies. C'mon people, it's only 5 days!
  • by Erick Gent on Mar 27, 2008 at 02:56 PM
    HERE - WHY DO YOU KEEP SCREAMING AT EVERYONE? DO YOU NEED A CHILL PILL? Turn of the Caps Lock and relax. We all promise to read your comment even if you don't scream.
  • by Believe it! Location: Oklahoma on Mar 27, 2008 at 09:02 AM
    It's true that teachers only get paid for the days they work...NO holidays, NO summer. Salaries are divided into 12 equal divisions so the schools can draw interest on the money! If teachers are going to work for 5 free days, let everybody else do it! That's the days I'll make my doctor and dentist appointments!! All the testing is because of NCLB (No Child Left Behind)!! It needs fixing...or better yet, scraping!
  • by HERE Location: GONE on Mar 26, 2008 at 09:04 PM
    YOU KNOW MOST OF THESE KIDS ARE SO BURNT OUT BY THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR ITS CRAZY AND SO ARE THE PARENTS I THINK GIVE THEM HOLIDAY VACATIONS BUT GOOD GRIEF THEY ARE OUT EVERYTIME I TURN AROUND AND THERE ARE ALWAYS MORE FUNCTIONS MORE MONEY AND ALL THE SCHOOLS DO IS HOUND AND TEST HOUND AND TEST FOR THESE TAX TEST THAT I THINK IS STUPBID BECAUSE ITS LIKE ITS A COMPETITION FOR STATES AND CITIES AND COUNTYS TO SEE WHO IS THE BEST WHAT HAPPEND THE THE OLD SCHOOL DAYS THATS WHY THESE KIDS INCLUDING MINE ARE LIKE THEY ARE BRING THE PADDLE BACK TO SCHOOL GET PRAYER IN TO SCHOOL AND LET THESE KIDS LEARN WITH FUN YOU KNOW MY DAUGHTER HAD ANIEXTY THE LAST 2 YEARS OF HER HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE SHE WAS AFRAID SHE WASNT GOING TO PASS A TAX TEST AT THE END OF THE YEAR THAT DETERMINED HER WALKING ACROSS THE STAGE TEACH OUR KIDS TEST OUR KIDS BUT DONT MAKE ANY LONGER THEN WE HAVE TOO AND FIND 5 DAYS IN THE YEAR THAT YOU CAN TAKE INSTEAD OF BEING OUT OF SCHOOL
  • by Teacher Location: TX on Mar 26, 2008 at 07:18 PM
    Teachers only get paid for the actual number of days they work during the school year. They do not get paid for holidays or summer vacation. Their pay is divided into 12 equal pay checks based upon their daily rate of pay. If Oklahoma adds more days to the school year, teachers should be paid for the additional days.
  • by Theresa Location: OK on Mar 26, 2008 at 05:42 PM
    To parent in Texas apparently you need to stop comenting about the education in Oklahoma when you continue to make grammatical errors in everything you write. Don't criticize others while you are making the same mistakes you are griping about.
  • by Other considerations... Location: Oklahoma on Mar 26, 2008 at 12:14 PM
    A few other things that need to be considered.... Students are used as employees for tourism in Oklahoma during summer breaks. Noncustodial parents need the breaks during the year and summer to spend time with their children. Many teachers are required go back to college to get advanced degrees (which they have to pay for out of their huge salaries) in order to keep their jobs. Summer school starts and ends with only days between school sessions now, increase the school year, and there will be conflicts. Students who are Juniors or graduating Seniors who take summer classes will still be in regular school classes. Bills for air conditioning and transportation already eat up funding. Many teachers work second jobs in the summer in order to afford to keep teaching..something they do because they love your children! Nobody else works extra days for free. If the school year is extended, let's don't expect them to.
  • by Jess on Mar 26, 2008 at 09:48 AM
    My mother is a teacher and has been for several years now. I believe that if the school year is going to be extended, depending on the time frame, then YES THE TEACHERS SHOULD GET A RAISE!!!! If the extension is only for 5 days, WHAT IS THE POINT OF THAT??? WHY IS IT EVEN AN ISSUE???
  • by Anonymous Location: OK on Mar 26, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    For Stacey and others commenting about the spelling errors from Oklahoma maybe you should also "check out" the errors from parent in TX
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