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August school start


To the Editor:

Kudos to state Rep. Ed Gaffney for trying to initiate legislation to have the school year begin after Labor Day where it belongs.

Teachers are the backbone of our society and deserve all our respect; however, teacher unions should not be able to determine school start dates, that should be determined by parents.

If you polled parents in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, I'd be willing to bet at least 90 percent would prefer a post-Labor Day start.

The vast majority of working parents do not have 10 weeks off in the summer, and the last week or two of the summer is precious to them.

No one wants to see schools lose their two weeks off at Christmas, their week off in mid-winter or their Easter break, but there has to be a compromise somewhere.

How about adding 20 minutes to the school day 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon or however much time it takes to satisfy state mandated school hours? This would be much better than beginning school in August.

Robert M. Comfort

Harper Woods

Robert M. Comfort
Harper Woods
September 01, 2004

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