LAUSD To Consider Not Starting School In The Middle Of The Summer, Thank God
The nation's second largest school district has been listening to your fervent prayers. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District's board members will consider a proposal to not start school in the middle of the goddamned summer and instead wait until after Labor Day. School for LAUSD's approximately 640,000 students started on August 16 this year.
The L.A. Times reports that school board members will consider a proposal that would shift the district's mid-August start date further back, returning the district to the glory of a post-Labor Day start date. Of course, the change wouldn't mean less school, the whole academic year would just be shifted forward, with the school year then ending further into June.
LAUSD's "early start" was implemented in 2012; up until then, most schools in the district started after Labor Day. The August start date is not merely engineered to torture students and their families; LAUSD does have their reasoning. According to KTLA, the change was made so that students would be able to take exams and finish the fall semester before winter break, and also hopefully improve AP scores in the spring.
CBS 2 reports that the district has received numerous complaints from parents about the hot weather that accompanies an August start date, forcing students to remain indoors and limiting their physical activity.