- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)7
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)38
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Bill would let schools say when classes start
Twenty years ago, Missouri's tourism industry successfully lobbied for a state law requiring public schools to open after Sept. 1. This was to allow more time for family travel and longer employment opportunities for school-age workers.
But the law had a loophole: Schools could start earlier if they claimed an exemption for students who work on farms. It wasn't long before just about every district became agricultural. Last year, all but 10 of the state's 524 districts started school before Sept. 1.
Give some credit to state Rep. Barbara Fraser of St. Louis, who is sponsoring a bill to remove the Sept. 1 rule and allow local school boards to decide when to start school.
At least city schools won't have to worry about milking the cows or picking corn anymore.