Business Blanches At School Reform

In a May 5 report, the National Education Commission on Time & Learning proposed a radical overhaul of the U.S. education system--urging schools to break with the traditional schedule of six-hour days and 180-day years. But opposition is brewing from an unlikely camp: business. In Pennsylvania, where 16 amusement parks attract 17 million tourists a year, the recreation industry has stymied efforts to establish a longer school year. And in Utah, pressure from camps and recreation parks led the Cache County School District to stop staggering nine-month schedules over a full year. One criticism: Longer hours will fuel an explosion in teacher pay.

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