SW Minn. schools start early year in the heat
SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) -- The school year has begun for 16,000 students in southwestern Minnesota, who are part of a three-year experiment to see if starting class before Labor Day can improve test scores.
State law normally prevents districts from starting before Labor Day, a statute supported by the State Fair and the tourism industry, but the Education Department gave the 25 districts special permission.
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