If school makes kids smart, more school would make them smarter, right? Maybe, say local educators, parents and kids. But President Obama's call for children to spend more time in school -- either by staying later in the day or into the summer -- is unlikely to prompt changes to Wichita's school calendar anytime soon.
"It's never been seriously pursued because it has costs associated with it -- huge costs," said interim superintendent Martin Libhart.
The district estimates that every week added to the school year would cost about $10 million, Libhart said.
"Without question, the state would have to take the lead, because obviously it becomes a huge funding issue," he said.
But with Kansas in line to receive an estimated $575 million in education money from the federal stimulus package, some officials say it's time to at least consider more classroom time as a strategy to boost student achievement.
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