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Michigan’s education czar is proposing extending the school year next year to make up for the disruption in learning thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Rice, the superintendent of schools in Michigan, hasn’t said how many extra days he wants to tack on.
“The current number of days, 180, was too low before the pandemic and isn’t close to that of high-performing nations,” Rice told UpNorthLive.com on Thursday. “We need to pivot to a new better normal, not simply back to where we were pre-pandemic.”
Millions of students across the nation have been forced to learn under a mix of remote and in-person classes during the health crisis.
“Many of our children haven’t learned as much as they should have in the last year and we have work to do to catch them up to where they should have been,” Rice said.
Benchmark assessments on where students are in their learning wont be available in Michigan until the end of the school year.
Some parents agreed with Rice that their kids aren’t getting a quality education at home.
“I think it would help make up for everything they kind of lost this year because the online schooling’s been difficult for them,” Brad Bushard told the network.
He added, “I don’t have the skill set to be a teacher myself.”
Other districts — such as in Hartford, Connecticut and New Mexico — have also considered longer school years or days to make up for the learning loss.