shares school calendar research begun a decade ago
Information gathered during a 10-year investigation
on a Web site that focuses on school calendars
Web site was launched in June 2001, the official date June 21, the
first day of summer.
Information on this site is based on research compiled by Billee Bussard, a
veteran journalist who began investigating school calendar issues in 1992
as an editorial writer for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. She is
co-author with Suzanne McCrary of "Year-Round Education: Lessons
Learned the Hard Way." (See order information below.)
A veteran journalist with 22 years in the newspaper business, Bussard is now a
full-time researcher on
school calendar reforms. Since 1992, when she began writing on the
year-round calendar, Bussard has shared
information with parents and school systems in hundreds of communities
around the nation. (Photo of Bussard with research, below.)
information network compiles school calendar-related information from
recent research, media accounts and information provided by grassroots organizations.
As often as possible, this information is provided in simple
formats and easy-to-use talking points papers intended to help
those fighting school calendar proposals that shrink school
summer vacation time. Many of the SummerMatters!!
Web pages have been designed for easy
incorporation into research reports.
is a product of REB Communications and Publishing Inc., which was
established by Richard E. Bussard and Billee Bussard in 1999, after Richard Bussard retired as director of corporate
communications for a Fortune 500 company. While he was city editor and
managing editor of a Jacksonville newspaper, his staff won many prizes for
investigative reporting, including the Neiman Fellowship and a Pulitzer
Prize for photography. He now specializes in book editing,
writing and publishing for individuals and corporations. Billee Bussard's
many years in the newspaper business included stints as a reporter, features
editor, business writer, editorial writer and op-ed page editor. She won
awards for writing and editing, and received special recognition for a
series of stories that led to the formation of a consumer affairs office
in Jacksonville, Florida. A year before launching the SummerMatters!!
website, Billee Bussard worked one year as executive director of Time To
Learn, an organization with a modest budget that received funding
from a diverse group opposed to school calendar change.
website is provided as a public service, and receives no support or
funding from special interests or individuals. (This statement is
provided in response to recent bogus claims that Florida
tourism and amusement parks finance Bussard's on-going research.)
Lessons Learned the Hard Way,"
is a 100-page book that was written and designed to give the reader a quick overview of
the year-round education concept, its pitfalls and the bogus claims of
cost savings and academic benefits made by the marketers and promoters of
the year-round school calendar.
The year-round calendar is also
marketed under many other labels including: year-round school, continuous
learning calendar, the balanced calendar, the modified calendar,
modified school year and the extended school year. Proponents define
year-round education as any school calendar with a summer break of eight
weeks or less.
for such a reference guide became clear to the authors when Florida school
districts used skewed surveys, flawed studies and advocacy research to
convince communities to abandon the traditional school year. The book
costs $25, which includes shipping. (Use order form below.) 25 copies of
the pamphlet: Myth and Reality of School Calendar Change will be included
with this book at no charge while supplies last.
need immediate assistance or help on school calendar issues, can
contact Billee Bussard at (904) 249-2468 or send an e-mail message
Lessons Learned the Hard Way
Please send _____ copies@ $25 per copy includes
Please send _____ additional copies of the pamphlet
Myth and Reality of School Calendar Change at 23 cents ea.
(25 pamphlets are included with the book at no charge.)
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