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Oklahoma ties: Year-round school calendar

Oklahoma ties: Year-round school calendar

By BETH J. HARPAZ Modified: July 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm •  Published: July 15, 2012
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OKLAHOMA TIES

City, Tulsa districts use calendar

A handful of Oklahoma districts are utilizing a year-round school calendar, according to the state Education Department.

The Oklahoma City Public School District went to a year-round calendar last school year for all of its schools. However, it had been successfully piloted at seven schools within the district for a number of years before that.

In December 2010, Oklahoma City schools Superintendent Karl Spring urged the district’s board to approve a continuous learning calendar.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, a jogger, a musician, or a student, not doing anything for 12 weeks is not going to help you,” Springer said. “I think we’re going to start something here that’s really going to be a change.”

The Tulsa School District also implemented a year-round calendar at six elementary schools, Education Department records show.

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