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  •  They go back early here too (6+ / 0-)

    the public school kids anyway. Mine don't start until after labor day. August is my school prep month when I get curriculum chosen and the folders organized, and things set up for the first week.

    Florida used to start the last week in July until the parents put their collective feet down. First off, August is often the worst hurricane month and school was frequently disrupted because they were used as shelters. Second, kids were missing out on scout camps and such in August. Third, it was just too hot, and running the AC for an extra month in the worst of the heat was stupid, and then you were having kids with heat exhaustion from band and sports practices and even just PE sometimes. I mean all week we've had dangerous heat warnings, with heat indexes up at 105. And this is typical heat weather.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Aug 11, 2013 at 10:03:34 AM PDT

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    •  The state of Florida spreads the start date over (4+ / 0-)

      3 weeks.  The northwest corner starts a week before the southern part of the state.  I am not sure about the Northeast section.  Spring break and FCAT is spread over 3 weeks.  I guess they do this because the state is so big.  When my kids were in school here in the 1980's they started in the last week of August.  When the grand kids started I was surprised that they started the first week of August.  Then in 2006 they rolled back the early start because of parent complaints and the 2004/2005 hurricane season.  They lost Federal dollars with all the school closures and low attendance in some areas because of hurricanes.  

      I think the 20 years of GOP messing with public education to appeal to the bigots and evangelicals is now going to bite them in the butt.  The kids that had to go through all the cut backs and testing abuse are now adults that vote.  Using education as a dog whistle doesn't play anymore in the southern half of Florida for good reason.    

    •  It's too hot here, too. (1+ / 0-)
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      Last year, kids and teachers were fainting in schools that didn't have air-conditioning. This year, THOSE schools are starting after Labor Day.

      Last week in July?? What insanity. Some schools here start the first week of August. IF they have air-conditioning. But it is still too hot to run around outside!

      "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

      by BadKitties on Sun Aug 11, 2013 at 07:56:30 PM PDT

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