L.A. Catholic schools to have one of the nation's longest school years
Most elementary schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will add 20 days to their schedules, making their school year one of the longest in the United States, officials announced this week.
In announcing the expansion to a 200-day calendar, Cardinal Roger Mahony said that the archdiocese was not trying to gain a competitive advantage over the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has cut its school year to 175 days this year. He said the Catholic schools, which serve 52,000 elementary and middle-school children in three counties, were simply trying to step up their performance to ensure that students would become globally competitive.
"We're not in competition with LAUSD, nor is this aimed at LAUSD," the cardinal said during a news conference at Nativity School in South Los Angeles.
-- Mitchell Landsberg
Photo: Cardinal Roger Mahony, joined by pupils at Nativity School in South Los Angeles, details a plan to extend the academic year at elementary and middle schools in the archdiocese. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)