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Why Some Schools Consider Changing Their Calendars

American students generally spend about 180 days in school each school year. But districts around the country, including those in Arizona, have been playing with the calendar a bit to change how those 180 days are spread out.

The National Center on Time and Learning studies this kind of thing. It issues a report every other year on the subject and the most recent one came out this week. Jennifer Davis is the group’s co-founder and president.

There is a law allowing schools to add 20 days to their calendars, but it only provides a 5 percent funding increase to do it. For more on this, we turn to Tracey Benson, associate executive director of the Arizona School Boards Association.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.