School Officials Around the State Must Weigh Balanced Calendar, Pre-Labor Day School Starts, and Public Opinion

As more school districts adopt pre-Labor Day start dates, and others consider shifting to some form of a so-called “balanced calendar,” public opinion often remains divided. 
While it’s not scientific, the Michigan Department of Education recently posted a one-question “Quick Poll” to gather opinions on the issue, asking: “Do you support the current post-Labor Day start of the school year?” Respondents so far have been divided, with 54 percent answering “YES” and 46 percent “NO.”
Several Lansing-area schools are considering a switch to a balanced calendar, in which students have a shorter summer break in favor of longer fall and spring vacations. However, public opinion is mixed. 

Saturday Rally in Lansing Open to All Who Want to Celebrate, Empower Educators

Equal parts rally, carnival, party, and reunion, a Saturday event in Lansing to celebrate and empower educators will feature food vendors, activities for kids, high-profile speakers – and plenty of positive energy.