The city's main school district is looking at implementing a 'balanced' calendar to help children who are experiencing side effects from lead poisoning. 

One of the many side effects of lead poisoning in children is behavior problems and learning disabilities. With so many students in the district being affected, teachers and Superintendent Bilal Tawwab met last night at the Michigan Education Association building to discuss a year-round school year.

Year-round school would mean a shortened summer break, but more breaks throughout the year for children to retain what they've learned. Teachers would have to reopen their contracts to allow for it, and while most of them are in favor of it, the majority are voting "no" because of the short notice. When contract negotiations come up again for the 2017-18 school year, the district says that they would have a more organized plan in place.

Personally, I've always been a fan of the idea of year-round school, regardless of the circumstances. It seems more logical to me. And for children who are having trouble because of lead poisoning, it makes sense. I'm not going to poo-poo the teachers for voting no; it's definitely a last-minute consideration. Hopefully they can get it up and going before next year! What do you think?