Some of the supporters of the comptroller's misguided campaign suggest making up the lost days at the end of the school year. Add in a few snow days and holidays and the school year suddenly extends to the Fourth of July weekend and that would surely be a no-no for our tourism friends. The comptroller, himself, says, "We can still end schools at the same time." Unfortunately, he doesn't explain what would have to go considering that there is a state-mandated minimum school year. Christmas break? Professional development for teachers? Religious holidays? They would virtually close off debate about extending the instructional time and, objectively, make the 180-day minimum state requirement a ceiling and not a floor.