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School calendar change in Champlain Valley on hold

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

In the face of strong public opposition, a school calendar change in the Champlain Valley is on hold.

Hundreds of parents have turned out for public forums on the Calendar 2.0 proposal. Many have raised objections to the idea of shortening summer vacation while adding longer breaks during the school year.

The Champlain Valley superintendents have decided not to move forward with implementing the new calendar next year to allow more time for discussion.

Vt. Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca supports the ideas behind the new calendar, but understands the push back.

"The problem is that schools aren't in a bubble. We are part of a social fabric that if you change a vacation, it changes other things... it may take years for it to change," Vilaseca said.

Supporters of the calendar change say shortening summer vacation would reduce learning loss. While longer breaks during the school year would allow remedial help for struggling students and outside learning opportunities for higher achievers. But parents say the changes would disrupt summer plans and create child care problems during mid-year breaks.

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