Education: Autumn Vacation

J-U-N-E always spells Vacaaaaaation!—Old elementary-school song

Not in the suburban Valley View school district outside Chicago, where F-A-L-L does not necessarily mean back to school, either. There, 1,675 elementary-school children are now on vacation. After their three-week break, the children will return to classes while another 1,675 of Valley View's 6,700 pupils take a holiday. So it goes throughout the year, summer included. Valley View uses its classrooms efficiently, dividing the children into four groups that have staggered schedules of nine weeks on and three weeks off. Thus the school has been able to absorb 1,760 new pupils without putting up a...

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