It may be the end of July, but some city kids are already back in school. It is a move toward year-round school that advocates say can help do away with summer learning loss.

Students at MC2Stem High School go to school for 10 weeks then have three weeks off. This school is one of about 3,700 schools across the country on a year-round schedule.

Ninth grader Sarina loves the schedule. “That’s kinda cool to me because I like being at school so it’s not like I need a long break,” she said.

Some teachers from traditional schools also like the idea, telling NewsChannel 5 that they often spend September and October covering what students should know but tend to forget if they’re not practicing over the summer.

But others say there isn’t strong evidence that year-round school reduces the summer learning loss or is better overall. That includes Cleveland State University Education professor Karl Wheatley. He thinks innovative instruction makes the difference in learning, not a calendar.

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