I find it disheartening that the school district has caved on the earlier calendar option after only three days of gathering input.
If true, it raises questions to me: With over 40,000 students in the district, how many complaints equate to a "flood of complaints?" Twenty? 100? 1,000?
The vocal minority wins out again.
The Manatee Education Association is surveying teachers about a closing date of April 22. Shouldn't we wait for the results?
Isn't teacher input important, besides the one teacher quoted? MEA input is now moot (doesn't matter).
What about the students, the ones we purport to care about?
According to the Herald article, students will return from spring break and will start state mandated testing. That's not ideal for anyone.
The earlier start gives additional weeks of preparation for testing for students and teachers (doesn't matter).
Finishing the semester in December and having exams before Christmas break is better for students and teachers. Ask former teacher and school board member Charlie Kennedy (doesn't matter).
Seniors who finish their graduation requirements in December could start college in January (doesn't matter).
As for the parent who claimed "decades of precedent and practice," it hasn't been all that long since the Legislature passed the "Save Our Summers" bill that moved the starting time back to no earlier than two weeks prior to Labor Day.
As for the teacher quoted, her comment shouldn't reflect the thinking of all teachers.
Why not wait for the MEA survey results? Since teacher evaluations are based on student test performance, wouldn't extra time with the material benefit both teacher and student? (Doesn't matter.)
The early start has benefits for many and negatives for some. With change, people are going to be inconvenienced. The scale won't be fair to everyone.
Shouldn't we do what's best for the students? That does matter!