For many kids and families, summer break is a sacred time. The days are long, lazy and free from homework or early wake-ups. 

But now, that prized period between the end of one school year and the start of the next might be about to shrink in Houston ISD. 

Houston ISD’s state appointed board voted last week to seek a “District of Innovation” designation, a move that could help HISD add more days to the academic calendar. HISD Superintendent Mike Miles has argued the extension, which could ultimately total another 13 instructional days, is needed to catch up students who are behind in the classroom.

The board will hold a public meeting Thursday to get community members’ thoughts on the potential change, an early step in the months-long process of securing District of Innovation status. But first, we want to hear from you. 

Share your opinion below about the proposal. As we continue to cover this plan, we might contact you to include your thoughts in a future article on extending HISD’s school year.

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Asher Lehrer-Small is a K-12 education reporter for the Houston Landing. He previously spent three years covering schools for The 74 where he was recognized by the Education Writers Association as one...