Holiday greetings, and some thoughts about the abbreviated summer
Happy Fourth of July, dear readers. Our daily roundup of Florida education news will resume on Tuesday. But before we go, a few musings as this holiday weekend puts us about halfway through the very short summer of 2016.
The other day, we stumbled on this page, which contains a spreadsheet titled "2016-17 School District Calendars" published by the Florida Department of Education. It's accompanied by a summary, which says: “Students in 40 of the 75 school districts will begin the 2016-17 school year in Florida as early as August 10, 2016. There are 23 districts that will begin on August 15, 2016, with the latest start date on August 22, 2016.”
The earliest first day of work for teachers will be Aug.1. And if you go through the spreadsheet, you see that five districts are in that category: Pinellas, Lafayette, Holmes, Hamilton and Calhoun.
In the words of Dr. Seuss: “How did it get so late so soon?” Our story last fall explains the state and local policy decisions that got us here.
Have a great rest of the summer.