After postponing the inevitable, a pragmatic majority of the Los Angeles School Board has finally voted to put all schools on a year-round calendar. The unpopular new schedule, controversial yet necessary, will relieve overcrowding and treat all students equally.
Close to 600,000 youngsters attend public schools in the mammoth Los Angeles district. The lucky majority attends schools close to home on the traditional September to June schedule. But, as the enrollment grows, more schools are running out of room. Already, about 130,000 youngsters attend school on a year-round schedule, in such crowded communities as the Mid-Wilshire, Hollywood and South Gate. Staggering weeks of study with brief vacations, the program keeps classrooms open during the summer and increases, by 25% to 33%, the capacity of each school.
The overcrowding is expected to get worst. This year's enrollment increase of only 2,000 children is considered an aberration by experts, who have coped with increases of 10,000 a year since 1985.
Faced with projections of greater overcrowding, a majority of the school board did what they had to do and ordered year-round schools for everyone. The implementation date, July of 1989, will allow adequate time for preparation and planning.