More schools across Minnesota are petitioning to begin their school year before Labor Day, pitting the tourism industry and parents against schools that want to give students more time to prepare for crucial state and national exams.
Parents in Northfield quashed a proposal last week to start school Aug. 13, saying it would conflict with the State Fair and programs like 4-H. In Edina, more than 200 parents are protesting a calendar shift to start in August that will be discussed this week, saying it infringes on valuable family time.
And in Le Sueur, schools are preparing for a similar fight this month. Nationwide, Minnesota is one of only three states that mandate the post-Labor Day school start.
Education lobbyists have said they’ll push again at the State Capitol this year to let school districts adopt their own calendars. Given the perennial debate, some school leaders say it’s about time. Continue reading….