Some Parents Give Short School Day A Bad Grade

Some North Carolina parents aren't happy with plans to let students go home early on Wednesdays to give teachers more time to plan.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the new schedule takes effect Wednesday for the 52 schools that operate on a year-round basis in Wake County. Most Wake schools open Aug. 25.

The plan calls for students to go home an hour early on most Wednesdays and more than 2 hours early occasionally.

School officials say the extra planning for teachers will improve academic results.

But some parents are upset about the early dismissals. Parents of younger children are concerned about child care.

Amanda McCabe's children attend one of the year-round schools. She says there should be a way to make the improvements without inconveniencing everyone.


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  • by Not Disgusted Location: NC on Jul 12, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Past generations were not held to the stricter standards of today's public schools and probably could not handle it today. Beaufort County Schools does not have a uniform policy. They are not a private school system; they have a DRESS CODE policy. This policy is straight forward and easy to understand (see their website). It saves money because children can't whine and beg parents to buy name brand clothes that are overpriced. Parents should be more than happy to dress their children more appropriately than to send them to school half-naked and quite frankly, dressed ugly. When your child graduates from a Beaufort County high school and then from a North Carolina university, don't forget this negative attitude that many of you have had. To try to redeem yourself, you will need to purchase an ad in your local newspaper and publically apologize for your criticisms and rudeness. Many won't because they believe they are the ones solely responsible for their child's accomplishments.
  • by DisgustedB Location: NC on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    What's to plan?? most of them R only teaching the stupid EOG test anyway! With computers, and extra help in the classroom, why do they need an extra afternoon? It makes me wonder how my generation managed to become literate and hold down a job when we only had 1 teacher in the classroom! She had her teacher's manual and that was it!! AND the school provided the pencils, crayons, scissors, etc. Anyone seen the Bath 7th grade school supply list?? It is absurd!!! Takes up nearly a whole sheet of paper!!! Something needs to change. Afamily with 3 kids to put in school can easily spend a $600.00-$1,000 just to send their kids to school with the mandatory uniforms and supplies.
  • by terrible on Jul 12, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    thats awful! theres going to be alot of kids home alone on wednesdays!! terrible for the parents too who are probably strapped for cash and working hard!
  • by dontpasstheblame Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    Oh no, I do have a life and I periodically read the comments that people leave and if I see a good DEBATE then I respond! You must have time becuase you didn't have a problem leaving a few sentences. BTW, I'm not hiring, it was a joke about the report and besides my attitude has nothing to do with my opinion... just because someone doesn't like what I have to say doesn't mean I have a bad attitude!!! With five kids you don't have time to work anyways, I know how it is with 2
  • by Mother of 5 Location: Carteret County on Jul 9, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    Dontpasstheblame -- You must not have much of a life if all you do is respond to WITN's news! I know I don't while mothering my five children! Please don't help your son with his summer school report; you need to stick with your business knowledge and let teachers do the teaching! Based on your attitude, I don't want to work for you.
  • by dontpasstheblame Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    Public School Educated: seriously, if you read any of my previous statements you would have known that I didn't major in English I majored in business!! If I knew I was being graded I would have proof read my statement. Obviously you got my point and I am sure others will too!! I guess YOU don't have a life and are up here grading statements, get a life or add something useful to the coversation!!! Sorry you can't come up with something good to say... my son has a report to do over the summer if you want to make some extra money and proof read it for him you can.
  • by Public School Educated Location: NC on Jul 8, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    To Dontpasstheblame: Don't make me laugh! Don't you know that you never refer to a person as "that" and always use "who"? For example, you wrote, "I am an educated adult that knows" and "my child is actually a respectful, honor student that gets" and "I know several people that have." Also, blogging doesn't have spell-check. ha-ha-ha!!!
  • by Mother of 2 Location: Washington on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    Josh, I agree that teachers have a lot of responsibility. Unfortunate for them, I do blame many of the parents who neglect their children and send them to school for the teachers to babysit. I commend the special needs teacher on here. You do have a hard job. All I am saying is there doesn't need to be any more time given for planning. I was a scool volunteer at WHS and some of the planning time was spent in the office shooting the breeze. If the teachers that are complaining about not having enough time to plan would use their time wisely there would be no need for more time. Other teachers that need the time at schools should be given time. Special needs children are a challenge and those teachers need to be taken care of to. Teachers already don't get paid enough to teach regular children as it is.
  • by doris on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    so glad my kids are in private school.
  • by dontpasstheblame Location: Greenville on Jul 8, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    Teacher: you can imagine all you like, I am an educated adult that knows when I am speaking in front of adults and when I am speaking in front of chilren, and no my child is actually a respectful, honor student that gets rewarded for his citizenship and good grades every year! my opinion has nothing to do with how my child is raised! I find it exhausting how teachers find a hard time planning for the job they signed up for. When teachers take positions don't they know what obstacles are ahead and what is expected of them and what hours they have to work with? I know several people that have professional careers during the day and teach college classes at night, in addition to having children, where do they find the time???
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