Fairfax County working to pay for extra school time for students

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Fairfax County leaders are debating how to pay for changes in the school year calendar with the elimination of half-day Mondays for elementary students.

Fairfax schools made the change for this school year to provide more instructional time and to build in a cushion in case of inclement weather. But the additional instructional time is estimated to cost $7.6 million. The school system covered the cost this year by using leftover funds from last year.

The Washington Post reports school officials on Tuesday asked the county Board of Supervisors to fund full-day instruction on Mondays going forward. Superintendent Karen Garza says it's a good investment in children that could help improve academic achievement.

But some county supervisors object to the change being made before funding was in place.