Wednesday, April 11, 2012

R.I.P., local control

The Iowa State House of Representatives has just passed this bill – because our state overseers cannot rest if even one school district is operating on a different calendar!

I have often thought it’s crazy that our district starts school so early in the year – this year on August 16. At the same time, though, I know that Iowa City is a university town, and I’m usually grateful that my kids are in school during that week, since I start teaching my own classes the following week.

Reasonable people could certainly disagree about the best time to start school. But what possible reason is there for the state to intervene?

Oh, I mean, other than boosting attendance at the state fair and making money for the tourism industry.

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