Students may be spending more time in the classroom. Governor Nixon wants six days added to the state’s academic calendar, and the governor says the proposed state budget he presents later this month will include funding to support a longer school year. Climax Springs Superintendent Mike Diekmann thinks it’s a great idea:
The governor’s proposal comes one day after “Education Week” released its annual rankings of the nation’s schools, with Missouri coming in near the bottom of the list, at number 41:
Missouri’s school year is currently only 174 days – the fourth shortest school year in the country. The governor says his proposal would bring Missouri to the national average of 180 days.