Boston’s new superintendent Tommy Chang is proposing a pretty dramatic shake-up of the city’s public school calendar, including starting classes before Labor Day and eliminating February vacation but making the winter vacation around Christmas/New Year’s longer.  Would you favor a similar approach in Newton?

… lengthening the holiday break that runs from Christmas into the New Year would make time for Boston’s increasingly international student body to visit relatives overseas. In the past three years, absences ticked up about 3 percent in the days right after the winter break, according to the School Department.