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VIRGINIA (WRIC) - State lawmakers are considering ending summer break for some students.

Not only do some local superintendents think it's a good idea, but superintendents from across the state are supporting it too and say some students do much better without the big break that comes with summer vacation.

"We're not suggesting that it works for all students," says Sen. Donald McEachin. "What we're suggesting is that it works for students who are economically deprived or economically challenged backgrounds."

McEachin is just one of a number of lawmakers that say failing schools will benefit the most. Superintendents from across the Commonwealth are behind the idea including some locally.

"We think that the year round model may be a good option for some of our students," says Henrico Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw.

Petersburg has already made the move to have two of its schools move year round. AP Hill Elementary and Peabody Middle Schools will start in early august this year.

"Doing the same things over and over again is just not an option for us," says Superintendent Joseph Melvin.

Though some Petersburg parents were skeptical of the plan as it was being proposed last summer.

"I don't think that the kids are going to like that because they need a break," says parent Marica Rhodes. "I would need a break too. It will be more and more stressed out among the kids it they don't get a break."

The idea does come with at a price, as Petersburg is spending about a half a million dollars for the extra days kids will be in class.

The big question is will it work? A General Assembly study suggests that year round schools are more effective.


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