Money, business behind public school calendar change, Ohio SB 89, just as with daylight savings time

I know that just because your parents tell you something, doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea.

And I finally found something in the MSM about Ohio Senate Bill 89 – four whole sentences today – oooweee. One of which says that Governor Strickland opposes the bill.

But I really disliked moving daylights savings time back three weeks – and in the fall, when it’s nothing but black for Halloween, I’m really not going to like it.

So – here are some articles about the effect of moving – and mandating – the start of the public school year, including the outline of how to get a waiver for having to start after Labor Day:

Virginia Waiver process

Money, money, money – MONEY and not for education (hmmm – hey! I know – why don’t the businesses that want the change because of money offer to give some of the revenue to…the schools? or to scholarships? or something that gives back?)

Georgia’s all for it – the money that is

And another article about the PA tourism industry’s 20 year fight to move the start of school to after the Labor Day holiday.

When an initiative that affects my kids lacks roots in education – at any level (government, think thank, in the trenches), and instead has its roots in making money for some sector of the economy, I’m automatically pre-disposed against it. Again, as with daylights savings time, it was business interests that pushed and pushed until they found friendly fields, with little concern for the effect on everyday folks – parents and families in particular.

I’m not feeling very friendly toward this idea, so again, I’m asking for input – pro, con, but whichever, for our kids’ sake – connect it to education, would ya, please?

3 thoughts on “Money, business behind public school calendar change, Ohio SB 89, just as with daylight savings time

  1. This was a subject of conversation at dinner recently. I can’t find anything on the web to verify the following, but smart people said it.Part, if not all the impetus is proficiency testing. Proficiency tests are given statewide in early May. Many teachers get upset that they don’t have time to teach everything on the test by then, so some school disctricts have been scootching the start date for school earlier to give more school year before the tests.Conservative lawmakers don’t like that because, well, they just don’t. They must think that giving schools enough time to actually teach what’s on the test is cheating somehow. Anyway, I’ve heard that this has been going on in other states, complete with laws proposed to keep districts from frontloading the calendar. Not surprising it’s happening here and not surprising Kevy is behind it.

  2. By the way: I don’t think there are a lot of people around the country saying, “Gee, I’d love to spend August travelling around Ohio, visiting barns and sweating, but darnit if the schools are all in session.”

  3. I suppose one argument in favor of the bill might be that it would establish some conformity that would benefit students who move between districts. But that argument would fall flat when all of the considering all of the exceptions that are made for year-round schools and the like. As I said in a post I just wrote at my place, it seems that some people just want to regulate the hell out of public schools. And generally these are people who would be up in arms about excessive regulation of private enterprise. This bill serves no practical purpose that I can see, except to satisfy the trigger finger of people who just love to meddle in public schools. When did the idea of local control lose all currency?

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