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Some schools aren’t built for summer

August 29, 2013

There is a reason a lot of schools, especially older schools, don’t have air conditioning. They are usually empty in the summer, and by the time classes start the weather has started to cool off....

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GrandmaD

Sep-08-13 11:48 PM

I actually don't think there is any known statistics on test scores being better because of early starts. In regards to Sleepy Eye, my friend says with the great number of ESL (English Second Language) students, the early start does help to improve their test scores, even though they may not be better than schools that start after Labor Day.

The diversity of students does make a difference and does impact the test scores, according to my friend. To the one who disagreed, I'm just repeating what she said, so if you can enlighten us on why you disagree, it would truly be appreciated.

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tooold

Sep-02-13 12:12 PM

This is true about the test scores. Seems our schools are always under some kind of pressure. It would be interesting to see how the test scores compare with schools that start earlier and those that don't.

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GrandmaD

Sep-02-13 10:17 AM

I, too, think all schools should start after Labor Day. I understand that Sleepy Eye Public starts one week earlier than Sleepy Eye St. Mary's, both in August. I was told that one of the reasons S.E. Public starts earlier is because of the state test scores.

The earlier start gives them more time to address the tests & prepare students. They have a great number of students of Hispanic culture/English Second Language (ESL) students. Some of these students are often on the move, following where their parents move to live at certain given times. All students' test scores are averaged in, whether they are permanent residents or residents until their parents are done working here. Supposedly that can impact test scores a great deal.

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middleclassworker

Aug-31-13 12:42 PM

I agree, tooold. The same applies to Sleepy Eye, Cathedral and MVL.

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yunosmart

Aug-31-13 2:10 AM

I agree with tooold. There is nothing wrong with starting after Labor day so long as they get the required number of days in.

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tooold

Aug-30-13 4:15 PM

What is wrong with lake resort owners asking for the later start? These people struggle to keep their resorts open and get no help from the gov when they go under. They have no subsidies-no insurance-all things some other professions receive. The metro area legislatures have no concept of what happens in outstate. Residents of the schools that have air-conditioning are paying for this with their taxes. I am sure some people want to be treated equally but do not want to pay for it. They expect someone else to pay for it. Start after Labor Day and most years no problems Cut some other vacations shorter.

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