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Some Kids Head Back to School Monday

Updated: 08/25/2014 7:02 AM
Created: 08/24/2014 9:42 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

It's back-to-school time for some kids on Monday, a week before the rest of the state.

Minnesota state law mandates that schools start after Labor Day, the first Monday in September. However, if the district gets a waiver from the Department of Education, kids can start early.

This year, that includes nearly 50 of Minnesota’s 339 school districts.

The start of the academic year has been debated for years by the Minnesota Legislature. Some say their tourism business, which relies on high school employees, would take a hit.

The state’s educators would like the Legislature and state’s tourism industry to stop taking over the school calendars, saying flexibility in scheduling would allow them to improve academic performance and test scores.

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