New Paltz parents calling for less homework over school breaks
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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- It seems like it would be a petition drawn up by a group of school children. But in New Paltz, it's actually the parents who are asking for less homework.
New Paltz School District leaders are reacting to a petition signed by more than 50 middle and high school parents, urging school administrators to ease up on homework assignments during school breaks and holidays. Several parents express concern that homework can place unnecessary stress and pressure on students.
According to the petition, research shows excessive amounts of homework can be detrimental to a student's development.
The district superintendent says the middle and high school principals are willing to meet with parents to discuss the issue.
Superintendent Maria Rice said, "Homework is an important piece of learning provided its not for homework sake, and that’s not what we propose in New Paltz. We believe it really has to be relevant and meaningful homework, and when it's over a holiday, if that’s the issue, they’ll speak with me once they speak with parents."
Administrators are expected to hold that meeting with parents sometime next week.