Summertime and School Isn't Easy

As the school calendar continues to grow, will the lazy, hazy days of summer be no more?

Last Monday was the sort of lazy summer morning made for just two things: swimming and sleeping away the hours. Yet by 7:45 a.m., the Carver Heights Edison School in Goldsboro, N.C., was bustling. Students, toting backpacks full of fresh school supplies, filed past banners bidding WELCOME BACK and HAVE A GREAT YEAR. After a brief morning meeting, the classes settled down and eased right into the 90-minute reading lesson that starts each day. "I don't get nervous anymore for the first day of school," says fourth-grader Parish Brown. "I feel like I never really stop coming."

He hardly does. Parish's...

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