For the past couple of years, a number of public schools around Milwaukee have flubbed up on meeting a state mandate that requires a certain number of instructional days and hours each year.
Homestead High School appears to latest school to have inadvertently fallen short of the required number of hours for student learning, according to a letter to parents on May 20:
"When conducting a final review of instructional minutes for the 2010-2011 school year, school officials learned that based on the school calendar that was implemented this year, Homestead is five hours short of meeting the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's requirements for instructional time at the high school level," wrote Homestead Principal Brett Bowers.
To rectify the situation, Homestead began lengthening class periods by one minute starting May 20, and will shorten passing periods by one minute.
Also, the school altered its final exam schedule to have children attending a full instead of a partial day on June 7. Students are to attend shortened afternoon class periods that day after taking their normally scheduled morning exams.
Bowers acknowledged the change in schedule might not be preferred for families, but billed the the "added access to teachers during Exam Week" as something that could benefit students academically.