In reality, teachers already work full time and more. Further, the extra weeks in the summer have been valuable time to earn advanced degrees, satisfy state requirements, attend seminars and conferences, and most important, recuperate from the demands of the school year.
Teachers need a change in contractual days and hours for only one purpose: staff development. The many profound changes in instructional theory and curriculum are difficult to address in the midst of an academic year. Ava Gilzow, Ypsilanti, Mich.
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