Thousands of Florida kids won’t have to worry about homework anymore.
Elementary school students in Marion County will no longer be assigned homework by their teachers thanks to Superintendent Heidi Maier, the Ocala StarBanner reported.
About 20,000 students from 31 different schools will reap the benefits of the new rule – but there are a couple of catches.
Parents are asked to read to their children for at least 20 minutes every evening. And even though students won’t have daily homework assignments, they will be given the occasional science project or research paper to complete at home.
Marion County parents were alerted of the new rule on Wednesday through an automated voice message, the website reported.
Maier made her decision based on research by University of Tennessee professor Richard Allington, who found that reading to kids has more benefits than homework does.
“Kids who do homework, don’t produce any better than kids who don’t do homework,” Allington told WJHL in 2016.