Secondly, our state's education system compares well with those of other states. However, there is no assurance that this will continue. I believe the state's system of education needs to become more flexible and innovative, not less. This extends to the school calendar, too. Our historic school calendar has its roots in an agrarian society. As our societal demands change, communities may find that this model no longer meets their needs. Other states and societies are experimenting or implementing quadmester or quinmester school calendar systems. These systems have advantages, not only for families, for at risk children, but also for use of school resources. Mr. Franchot's policy proposal would deny any school system the local option of implementing such a model. Innovation should be encouraged, not prohibited by the kind of fiat that your proposal would bring to education policy.