Education: Schools for All Seasons

Year-round classrooms help to solve overcrowding

At 10 each weekday morning, the asphalt playground of Franklin Elementary School in Oakland swarms with some 900 boys and girls shooting baskets, playing tetherball and skipping rope. This large number of children are not at Franklin for a summer recreation outing. They are at morning recess in Franklin's year-round school, one of three such programs in the Oakland unified school district, and one of 394 year-round education projects that are nourishing at scattered locations in schools across the country.

Unlike traditional summer schools, which usually provide remedial or enrichment courses, YRE extends the regular schedule through a calendar year. Many...

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