April 5th, 2013
05:00 AM ET

Will a shorter summer break save these schools?

(CNN) - Three struggling elementary schools in Yonkers, New York, are dramatically reducing the length of summer vacation in an attempt to turn the institutions around.

The schools days will be longer, and summer vacation will last only one month, starting August 1.

Some parents are upset, saying it cuts down on valuable family time, and kids' opportunities to participate in summer sports and activities. A researcher argues that kids aren't robots, and can benefit from a break.

But Bernard Pierorazio, superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools, say the decision is made.

"We have to do something different," he said.

What do you think? Would shorter summers would help your children learn, or improve their schools? Share your thoughts in the comments, or on Twitter @CNNschools.


soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Gloria

    This is shameful, we should be beyond this!

    April 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
  2. wossko dee

    this is wossko
    because the school childs are not well matured and they cant bear a overload,their mind needs rest after a few work.
    so the sort summer vacation isnot good for them

    animation notes

    April 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm |