Could APS students see a shorter summer?

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Some Albuquerque Public School students may have a shorter summer. The district is working on a plan that could add 10 days to the year of some schools. 

APS is seeking parent feedback, asking how they feel about an extended year at their child’s school. The district will use that feedback to come up with a plan. 

“I think it’s a bad idea,” said Lesley Worrell, parent. 

Many parents are not sold on the idea of a longer school year. 

“Extending it 10 more days is not going to fix the problem,” said Worrell. 

APS says it’s already gotten a lot of feedback from parents about the proposal, both good and bad. 

“My personal opinion is any extra days added to the school year is a blessing,” said Brandon Waquiu, parent.

Now, APS wants to zero in on which schools should get it. With limited funding, not all APS schools will be affected. 

Each APS parent has been sent a survey, for each of their children, at each individual school. APS says it’s going to review the feedback, which will be submitted in an application for funding to the Public Education Department. 

“The PED will receive these applications for these specific schools, and then they will sit down and disperse the money as they see fit,” said Superintendent Raquel Reedy. 

Reedy says there’s no concrete plan in place yet, but in a letter posted on APS’ website, she says schools with a high percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced meals, or are in need of support and improvement, will be considered more heavily. 

“The feeling is that every single school, every single student, will have a longer year. That is not the case,” said Reedy. 

Superintendent Reedy says ultimately the decision on the number of schools, and which ones, will depend on PED funding. 

“It’s hard to say whether it will be eight schools or whether it will be three schools. That’s all very premature right now,” said Reedy. 

The surveys sent out Wednesday are due by Sunday at noon. APS will meet with the PED on Monday to turn in its application for more funding. 

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