To the editor:

Would you support reducing the school year by one full week? I hope not!

Unfortunately, all three calendar proposals on the DeKalb County School District website include an “early release day” each Wednesday, thereby reducing instruction by 38 hours – that’s approximately six days worth of school!

I cannot find any research to indicate that reducing instructional time to provide teachers with one additional hour of weekly planning time improves student achievement. Unfortunately, according to statistics published by the U.S. Department of Education, our elementary school day is 22 minutes shorter than the national average.

If this proposal is adopted, our children will get 34 minutes less instruction per day than the national average. Taking children out of the classroom will not improve student achievement!

Please join me in urging the Board of Education to protect class time as a non-negotiable priority.

Carl Nicpon