Year-Round School in Prince George's County?

Officials to ask Maryland for approval next year

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    Schools could soon be operating year-long in Prince George's County, Md.

    The Gazette reported the county delegation to the Maryland State Legislature will seek approval for the change during the 2012 legislative session.

    Six other jurisdictions already enjoy the option.

    Year-round schooling doesn't necessarily mean students spend more time in classes.

    Some systems work on a cycle that operates 45 days in class followed by 15 days off.

    According to the Gazette, the school board voted unanimously Nov. 9 to request the change.

    But even if approved by lawmakers, the extra cost of the change may prevent it from being implemented immediately.

    "We don't have enough money to do that ... but we want to have the option," school board member Edward Burroughts III said.

    One Glenn Dale resident told the Gazette she supports the idea despite the changes it would bring to her child care arrangement.

    Research shows children who attend school all year retain more information than those who have a long summer break.

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