School is still a few weeks away for most Texas students, but classes have already begun for some in the state. That includes in El Paso, where students withinÂ Socorro ISDÂ started attending class on Monday. Theyâre in whatâs commonly referred to as âyear-roundâ education. Instead of a long summer break â students get shorter breaks during the school year when other students donât â two weeks in October, two weeks in March, and so forth.
Could year-round education ever fly here in Greater Houston? Would student performance improve? Would teachers prefer it? How about parents?
We discuss whether a year-round education model could be effective here.Â First, we talk withÂ Lucia Borrego, an administrator from Socorro ISD about that districtâs experience with year-round schooling. Then, we hear fromÂ Tina Bruno, Executive Director of theÂ Coalition for a Traditional School Year, a Texas based non-profit dedicated to maintaining the traditional school year. And finally, we talk withÂ Dr. Elizabeth Gregory, Director ofÂ Womenâs Gender and Sexuality StudiesÂ at the University of Houston. Sheâs critical of the traditional school schedule and how it specifically impacts women in the workplace.