Monday - February 6, 2017 10:08 am

Time to talk about earlier start to school year

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In Wisconsin, it is not uncommon for students to still be in school in early June. Especially with our winter weather causing a number of school cancellations already this year. Those snow days have to be made up, often in what we used to call summer. Of course, there is a way to get students out of class earlier. Simply start the school year sooner. But that is not so easy in Wisconsin. State law prohibits local school districts from starting school before September first unless they are able to secure a rare waiver from the state. But now some lawmakers in Madison are circulating a bill that would let local school districts decide when they should start school. That makes sense. Local control is always better. What works in La Farge may not work in the Dells. It is better if local school districts decide what works best for them. And there is plenty of evidence of many benefits to starting the school year sooner. Football, band and other practices already start in August. And getting older students more classroom time before the Advanced Placement Exams should help their scores. The earlier students start, the earlier they can get out. Like they taught us in school, the early bird gets the worm.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS
2-24-2017
Bangor
Black River Falls
Blair-Taylor - CLOSED ON FRIDAY
Boscobel
Caledonia - CLOSED FRIDAY...SAC care will be OPEN, but there are no practices or events
Cashton
DeSoto
Fillmore Central - CLOSED ON FRIDAY
G.E.T.
Hillsboro
Houston - CLOSED FRIDAY
Kickapoo
La Crescent & Hokah - closed on FRIDAY, no child care...Montessori and STEM also CLOSED
Lanesboro - CLOSED ON FRIDAY
Mabel/Canton - Mabel Canton and Lyle schools CLOSED FRIDAY
Melrose/Mindoro
MN State College SE Tech - campuses in Winona and Red Wing CLOSED, all activities cancelled
North Crawford
Norwalk Ontario Wilton
Prairie du Chien - CLOSING at 12:30
Sparta
Spring Grove - CLOSED FRIDAY
St. Charles - CLOSED FRIDAY...SAC will be OPEN
Tomah
Viroqua
Wauzeka Steuben - Closing at 1PM. All evening activities canceled
Westby
Winona Cotter - CLOSED ON FRIDAY
Winona Parochial - CLOSED ON FRIDAY
Winona Public - closed on FRIDAY