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Lansing May Soon See Year-Round Schools

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Lansing Schools could be included in a pilot program that lawmakers are discussing, which would create year-round schools.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick looked into this possibility and spoke to people for and against it.

Legislative support seems to be strong for the changes that could come as early as next fall.

Governor Snyder embraced year-round schools in his State of the State, calling for $2 million to test it out in at-risk school districts and Lansing could meet that test.

Reporter: "Will Lansing be part of this?"

State Rep. Andy Schor, d, Lansing: "I hope so that's a decision made by the Department of Education,"

There is bi-partisan support on the K-12 budget subcommittee where the chair says the money would help schools to install air conditioning for summer learning.

"We are not mandating it, but saying here is the money to retrofit it, lets go forward," said State Rep. Bill Rogers (r), K-12 budget chair.

The school lobby appears to be on board, but the tourism industry may have some objections since it likes when kids vacation with their families during the summer.

But this lawmaker contends going to school nine weeks with three weeks off allows families to have time off at different times of the year, not just the summer.

"Fishing happens during the summer months, hunting not so much. There's skiing, there's lots of winter sports, so we have to look at how we balance that," said State Rep. Rerry Brown (d).

The biggest selling point is that when kids get two months off, they forget what they learned which means, at the start of the school year, they start all over.

"I have data to show just how much our students lose over the summer in reading and math. It's really quite tragic," said Stiles Simmons, superintendent, Baldwin schools.

The committee did not send the measure to the floor this week, but that is expected down the road.

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