Superintendent bans homework for elementary students

MARION CO., FL (WCMH) — A school superintendent in Florida issued a “no homework” mandate for elementary students.

According to WESH, Superintendent Heidi Maier cited research that shows young children do better in school when they are given a break. She said the district’s 31 elementary schools will not give out homework this year.

The school district will also ask parents to read with their children for 20 minutes every night instead of having homework time.

Maier told parents via a phone message that the children will also have 20 minutes of recess daily. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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