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'No Homework' Letter Stirs National Debate

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Tens of thousands of Treasure Valley children, teachers and staff are returning to classes this week, marking the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

The West Ada School District, Idaho's largest, began its academic session on Aug. 22 and, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, more than 26,000 students will head back to class in the Boise School District, the oldest district in the state.

Meanwhile, a letter from a teacher in the Texas community of Johnson County is stirring up a fair amount amount of debate over the issue of homework.

KTRK-TV reports Johnson County second-grade teacher Brandy Young sent the following letter to parents on Monday:

“Dear Parents,

“After much research this summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year.

“Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance. Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.”