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Atkins Survey: Should school districts be allowed to start classes before Labor Day?

A possible change to the school start date is likely to be a hot topic at the Capitol next session.

Current Minnesota law prevents school districts from starting classes before Labor Day, except for the Minneapolis school district. This issue is a hot topic for school officials, parents, the tourism industry and the State Fair, as reflected in frequent editorials

As the 2012-13 school year kicks off, I am interested in getting feedback from anyone who wishes to weigh in on this issue.  Please post a comment below, take my survey at www.facebook.com/State.Rep.Joe.Atkins, or just send me an email at Rep.Joe.Atkins@house.mn.  Thank you!

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Pork Chop Guy September 02, 2012 at 02:09 PM
No to starting classes before Labor Day.
Joe Atkins September 02, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Thanks for weighing in, Pork Chop Guy. I got the same opinion from somebody calling himself "Pronto Pup Guy" when I was at the State Fair. Are you two related? :)
Julie A Storm September 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I grew up in Iowa where we always started before Labor Day and it sure was nicer getting out earlier! But as a parent it is nice to have the whole month of August without school starting. I think school districts should be able to have the option.
Jeff Roberts (Editor) September 02, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I like that idea Julie. I guess I don't see why it would be a big deal for each district to determine their own start date rather than having a state mandate.
jaw September 02, 2012 at 09:53 PM
It just screws up the last family time of summer staring sooner...leave it alone, after labor day is good. Now onto something meaningful.....

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