GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - The school board will have its first public discussion 7 p.m. tonight regarding a policy that would prohibit teachers from assigning homework over the weekend.

Last month, Superintendent Annette Giaquinto and two other district administrators introduced the idea during a presentation to the board. The district officials have also recommended that no more than 10 minutes of homework multiplied by the child's grade level be assigned per night.

Each district policy must go through two readings and a final adoption. At tonight's school board meeting, the board will vote on the first reading of the policy.

District officials have argued that research shows there's little correlation between homework and overall achievement in elementary school. Students would still be allowed to work on long-term projects or study for tests on weekends, officials said.