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56% Say Children Need To Spend More Time in School

With summer vacation in full swing, a majority of Americans now believe children need to spend more time in school.  However, they are against a 12-month school calendar.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of American Adults say children need to spend more time in school.  Thirty-four percent (34%) disagree, while 10% are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The number of adults who believe children should spend more time in school is up seven points from early October 2009.

When asked if the school year should be extended to a 12-month calendar, two-out-of-three (66%) adults say they’re opposed to a year-round calendar.  Just 27% favor extending the school year to 12-months.  These findings mark little change since August 2009.

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 19-20, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.  Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.  See methodology.

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