Expanding Oklahoma's school year

Monday, December 1st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

There is talk of expanding the school year in Oklahoma. But the main problem is how to pay for it. Oklahoma requires 175 mandatory days of instruction, which is one of the shortest school calendars in the nation. Only six states require fewer.

Many believe the school year is too short. But state Superintendent Sandy Garret says there isn't enough money to raise the number of school days.

Extending the school year will give students more time to work on academics and improve performance.

But it would also increase teacher pay, which is another category where Oklahoma ranks near the bottom.