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This paper presents findings of a study that explored parent satisfaction with Year-Round Education (YRE) and its impact on family lives. Data were gathered through 20 interviews with parents of children who attended 2 elementary schools during the first year of a year-round pilot program in a large suburb adjacent to a midwestern city. Approximately 33% of the schools' families qualified for free or reduced lunches, were of Middle Eastern heritage (44%), and were limited in their English-speaking proficiency. All parents, even those opposed to YRE, expressed positive attitudes toward their school. Thirteen parents in the sample were Lebanese Muslim immigrants, who reported that the school schedule interfered with their children's summer religious school and with summer trips to Lebanon. Despite problems with vacation plans and child care, parents in general reported that YRE had a positive effect on their children's academic and social development. They felt that the new schedule was worth the disruption. (Contains 36 references and 4 tables). (LMI)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, School Attitudes, School Schedules, Vacation Programs, Year Round Schools

Autor: Shenkman, Gail


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