[caption id="attachment_101526" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="The California school year is shrinking at a time when President Barack Obama and many others are touting the benefits of more instruction."][/caption]

Driven by budget woes, a desire to boost tourism, or a determination help low-performing schools, many states are contemplating changes in the amount of time their students spend in class.

Some California school districts may be forced to trim the school calendar to save money. In Alabama and Virginia, the issue is whether a longer summer vacation will bolster the tourism industry. Meanwhile, Michigan wants...

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