School start debate spurs controversy

My friend State Rep. Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam Township) is leading a fight to stop the start of the school year before Labor Day. (Story from Mesabi Daily News via legislative correspondent Jon Collins). The move to a pre-Labor Day school start would reduce tourism traffic in economically depressed areas that depend on those extra days of income in the summers. It’d also kneecap the State Fair.


  1. There’s an intangible importance to summer and being a kid. I worry about people trying to cut that time short. Education isn’t all about hitting the books, it’s about developing as a whole person. Summer vacation is a time to develop those other areas. Kids can be free, play, explore & create. It’s a special time for families to vacation, or hang out at the lake or go on a picnic. Keeping the opening of school post Labor Day is what’s best for our kids not just the economy.

  2. Couldn’t agree with Rudstrom more.
    Leave things as they were. So many families don’t spend enough time together and kids need to play (do they even go outside and play anymore?)
    We need to stop changing things that have worked.

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