The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 9, 2013

Our View: Late starts may not be the best

Late starts shorten instruction time and can be a burden on parents


Interim Supt. Peter Grant told the Owatonna People’s Press that the district wanted to have a more consistent time to look at student performances and have appropriate time to make adjustments in students’ learning. He said the monthly PLC late-start sessions weren’t always timely to do that. And, Grant said, the arrangement was tough on parents.

That sort of adjustment to make the PLC sessions’ information more timely, get more out of the students’ school days as well as ease the burden on parents makes much sense. Other school districts should pay attention to how the changes affect Owatonna and revisit when their PLCs meet to make sure the time is as useful and as accommodating as possible.

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