Everyone into the School!

Summer vacation isn't what it used to be, as more districts experiment with year-round classes

Summertime, and most American schoolchildren are taking it easy: hitting the beach, going to summer camp or just sitting around the house bored out of their skull. But for kids like Amy Simon, 9, of Mooresville, North Carolina, a new school year is just beginning. Last week Amy was in her air-conditioned fourth-grade science class at Park View Elementary, mixing together polyvinyl and Borax to make red, green and yellow slime. "If you have the whole summer off, you get bored," she says. Instead of a long summer vacation, Amy now goes to school year-round, with shorter but more frequent break...

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