Kids should have at least a couple of months out of the year when they can just not worry about their studies and have fun and BE KIDS.
I mean, jeez! You only get to be a kid once. Let them enjoy those summer vacations. When I think back to my childhood, my fondest memories are during those summer vacations! Why the heck should we take that away from our future generations?
Leave summer vacation in place. And stop freaking shortening it.
While I grew up with this schedule and like it, it's not about removing that time at all. It's about shifting it to shorter "bursts". They would still go the same amount to "year round" school but breaks would not be all at once during the summer and spaced throughout the year.
So that is the question. What are the pros and cons financially, psychologically, etc of having the break all at once or split up into various parts of the year. It is a large shift for a community going to year round school due to day care and parents planning time off, vacations, checkups, sports camps, etc. Plus year round would all for less time for students to "forget" what they learned and build upon it instead of having the first couple weeks be a refresher.
Though, I'm still not convinced year round is the way to go. We live in a suburb of a major city. The city goes year round, the suburbs do not (yet).