Letter: Devote class time to learning

If the changes that won unanimous Board of If the changes that won unanimous Board of Regents approval Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, win final approval from the Regents in January as scheduled, they would first take effect with teenagers who entered ninth grade in 2011 and are due to graduate in June 2015. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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We know that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's call for longer school days is probably political posturing, and that he will not come up with money to make even minimal changes ["Cuomo school-hours plan met with praise, skepticism," News, Jan. 11].

However, if the governor and state education leaders are serious about providing more educational hours for New York's schoolchildren, there is an easy solution that would actually save dollars. Simply cutting back on the numerous mandated standardized tests, which have limited educational value and use up countless hours for preparation, would free up time that could be better spent on instruction.

If we want our children to have more learning time, we need to give teachers time to teach.

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Roger Snyder, Huntington

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