Cardinal Roger Mahony told a press conference Thursday that the three-county archdiocese is moving to a 200-day school year because of a clear relationship between substantive time in an academic setting and increased student performance.
The archdiocese says its school system is the first in California — public or private — to add 20 days. The federal mandate is 180 days.
Kevin Baxter, superintendent of the elementary schools, says the goal is to have as many campuses as possible adopt the new calendar for the 2011-2012 school year. He notes the move will result in slightly higher teacher salaries and tuition costs.
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