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Wacky Wednesday Comes to Monmouth

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Wacky Wednesday” is a term Peoria blogger C. J. Summers of the Peoria Chronicle used to describe a plan to dismiss students from District 150 schools 90 minutes early on Wednesdays.  While the proposed 60 minute late arrival on Wednesdays at Monmouth-Roseville schools may not be as onerous and absurd as a 90 minute early dismissal, I find this concept equally “wacky.”

If teachers want collaboration time, it should be done before or after or in-between class hours.  There are also numerous “teachers institute” days throughout the school year when collaboration activities could be organized.  Throwing off the regular arrival schedule one day every week is an unacceptable burden on working parents.  I doubt there are many parents in the district who are going to be happy with this plan.  As a parent of five Monmouth-Roseville students, I am completely enraged that this is even being considered.

This issue requires significantly greater consideration and public input before it is put into effect for the 2012-2013 school year.  Before I would even consider supporting such a schedule change, I would need to see hard evidence that cutting into classroom time with “teacher collaboration” time provides a measurable educational benefit to the children in districts where it has been instituted.

I emailed all the M-R 238 school board members on Thursday voicing my opposition to this proposal, and I have yet to hear back from any of them.  I would encourage anyone reading this to do the same.


Written by Matthew

March 17, 2012 at 2:21 am

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  1. Any attempts of Board Members to decrease the duration of the school day should be fought with all your heart and soul. If cuts should be made they should be made at the top, NOT on the backs of students. When we researched this topic we found that many school districts across the country made provisions for teacher collaboration – but the common denominator was that RESPONSIBLE school districts made up for the collaboration time by adjusting the start/end time of the school day. Ex. In Dunlap, they made the start time 8 minutes earlier in the morning so that they could dismiss 1/2 hour early every Wednesday. The duration of the school day remained unchanged.

    Trust me, if board members are considering shortening the school day, REPLACE THEM. They are not doing their job protecting the interests of our most vulnerable citizens – our children.

    District Watcher

    March 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

  2. […] there was NO information published in the agenda about the proposed “Wacky Wednesday” schedule change for the 2012-2013 school year.  The recommendation for this schedule change came out of the […]

  3. […] a comment » If you wish to voice your concerns about the “Wacky Wednesday” changes in the school calendar for the 2012-2013 school year, please come to the M-R 238 […]

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