I differ with the article ``The School Day and Year Are Too Short, Study Says,'' May 5. To extend required attendance in our failing public schools would indicate that more of a bad thing makes it good. It is in the best interests of administrative bureaucracies to enlarge compulsory education, but it is not in the best interests of children. Much time is wasted in the school day on superfluous activities. A public school should provide basic education and not tax-based ``social support.'' We need to demand accountability from our self-imposed ``authorities.'' Heather Fisher, Geneva, Ill.
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