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Los Angeles Catholic schools add 20 days to school year

January 28, 2011

Cardinal Roger Mahony has announced that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 210 elementary and middle schools will adopt a 200-day school calendar, 20 more than most schools around the nation and 25 more than Los Angeles public schools.

“We believe that more time in the classroom is beneficial to the students,” said Cardinal Mahony.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 29, 2011 1:57 PM ET USA

    Considering that the archdiocese pays far less for its teachers and they serve with At-Will contracts, they can do what they want, when they want, especially with no unions to worry about. Though the Church hierarchy talks a good game about unions, what they really mean is that they are for everyone else. Mention a union in most dioceses and you'll be shown the door or asked not to return the next school year. Not so, though, in Catholic universities, why the difference?

  • Posted by: voxfem - Jan. 28, 2011 10:24 PM ET USA

    Because schools do a much better job of raising our kids than parents do. Why not just go year around?

  • Posted by: rpp - Jan. 28, 2011 2:16 PM ET USA

    That is good. I will add that, based on a six-hour school day, that gives those elementary school kids 65 more days in school, and high schoolers 35 more days than in Oregon. (Yes, those numbers are for real!)