From The Los Angeles Times: Officials of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles appear to have backed off of a plan to extend the school year at all of its elementary schools by 20 days, saying that decision is being left up to individual campuses. Chancellor Mary Elizabeth Galt now says the additional days of instruction were "a recommendation." The plan has drawn swift opposition from some parents who complained that the extension would interfere with family schedules and summer activities.
Earlier...from The Los Angeles Times: Beginning this fall, 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. In announcing the expansion to a 200-day calendar, Cardinal Roger Mahony says the Archdiocesan schools, which serve 52,000 elementary and middle school children in three counties, are trying to step up their performance to ensure that students would become globally competitive.