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WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Project L.I.F.T. and Year-Round Schooling

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"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.

We've talked before about Project L.I.F.T., or "Leadership and Investment for Transformation."

They're an independent, charitable organization whose goal is to improve the academic success of students in our community.

Project L.I.F.T. has recently proposed a year-round school schedule for nine west Charlotte schools.

The idea is to bring the graduation rate on this side of town up to 90%.

This program would add 20 days to the existing school calendar and would eliminate the long summer break.

This is when many students lose their academic ground.

The additional costs involved with year-round schooling would come from Project L.I.F.T. – up to $55 million dollars to pay for increased teaching and administrative costs.

But before the plan can be implemented, parents will need to decide if this is what they want for their children, and their input is being solicited.

At the moment, it sounds like West Charlotte High School and Ranson Middle School are leaning against the proposal.

Now the School Board will make the final decision.

Now we like the idea for several reasons…no increase in taxes…parents do have a say in the decision…But most importantly, this can serve as a test case for other academically-challenged schools.

If it can make a difference in west Charlotte, it's a plan well worth considering for the entire county.

"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.

 

 

 

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