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DCPS 2009-10 Calendar Has Six Mid-Week Closures

D.C. public schools would be closed on six Wednesdays between September and March for teacher training under the 2009-2010 academic calendar proposed yesterday by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.

School officials said that they are working with the Department of Parks and Recreation to develop alternative programs on those days, but offered no details.

District school children would have the same number of classroom days--180--under the plan. But the new calendar shuffles and expands "professional development" time for teachers, addressing a long-time complaint by District educators that the school system is not committed to helping them improve.

The new schedule also moves next year's spring break to the week of March 29, aligning it more closely with vacations in the region's other school districts.

A community forum to discuss the proposed changes is set for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Noyes Elementary School, 2725 10th St. NE.

Bill Turque

By Bill Turque  |  April 22, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
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I see this piece made the print copy 4/23 print copy.

Posted by: efavorite | April 23, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I get 10 vacation days a year and DC has 6 solid days off next year! Looks like DC is in cahoots with the churches and community centers offering "Days Off" camps that the parents pay for. If not, then I'll watch my kids those days and be unable to take a summer vacation at all until my kids are in college.

Posted by: bbcrock | April 23, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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