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Highland Park Elementary changes homework policy

A letter sent home with students of Highland Park Elementary explains why no homework will be issued during the 2015-16 school year / Source: KFDA A letter sent home with students of Highland Park Elementary explains why no homework will be issued during the 2015-16 school year / Source: KFDA
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

A new school year means new changes, and many schools in Texas are making one big change this school year... their homework policy. 

Students who attend Highland Park Elementary most likely won't be coming home with homework this school year. 

This week the principal of Highland Park Elementary, Vanette Barnett, sent a letter home to parents notifying them about the change. 

Barnett said after researching, she realized that homework does not improve a student's performance and feels a student's time at home is better spent with family. 

The policy states that homework sent home with students in Pre-K through 4th grade will only consist of work they did not finish during the day. 

Highland Park isn't the only school adapting this policy. Earlier this week a teacher in Fort Worth made headlines when she also announced her students would not be sent home with homework, only work they didn't finish during the week. 

Barnett wants children to spend their evenings with their parents, focusing on family time such as eating together, reading together, playing outside, and sending children to bed at a decent hour. 

Below is a copy of the letter sent home to Highland Park Elementary students:

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