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Voice of the People

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Year-round school won't help students

This is concerning the Cabell County Schools proposal to change the school year to year-round. The article on Jan. 30 explained that the county would have five public meetings to hear community concerns of this change. I hope the parents and other community members realize that these meetings are mandatory. So, no matter what the discussions or concerns the parents, teachers and other community members may have, the decision is probably already made.

With my experiences working with children, I have observed that children are always in an uproar before and after a school break. It is hard to get them settled to learn and do their work. So with the new year-round calendar, I feel that the children will always be unsettled and excited due to an upcoming break or after returning from one.

There are no statistics I can find to prove the year-round calendar improves grades or dropout rate. The instructional time is still 180 days. Is the school board really going to discuss the proposed calendar with child care providers, church groups, higher education representatives, high school students, sports teams and the business community? They also need to include teachers, principals and parents.

The article also explained that during the two-week period students will have off they will be given the option to attend an enrichment, recovery or remediation, which would be optional and teachers would bid on these jobs. It is hard to get students to attend tutoring classes now. Do you think they will want to lose their break?

I am against the year-round school. I do not think it will raise grades or reduce the dropout rate. Parents, please let your opinion be heard.

Pat Fields

Huntington

 

Obama uses fewer executive orders

In your Voice of the People on Feb. 22, a writer said that Obama's plans hurt the Constitution because he is using the executive orders that he has the power to use. I personally looked up the use of executive orders by present and past presidents, and here are the facts. Ronald Reagan used the order 381 times, George Bush Sr. used it 166 times (in a four-year period), Bill Clinton used it 364 times, and George Bush Jr. used it 291 times. And look at President Obama: He has used it only 144 times so far. So who is the one hurting the Constitution now?

Everything has two sides to every story. I guess the facts used in the Feb. 22 letter came from Fox News. They are always getting their facts messed up with the truth. The president uses executive orders because the Republican side of Congress wants to obstruct everything that he does to help the country. Has the president personally harmed you in any way, or are you using Republican talking points?

Middleton Hunt

Ona

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