Well. Kathy Cox in her infinite wisdom has decided that maybe possibly school starting in the middle of summer isn't such a great idea after all. We live in Georgia, and school starting in early August has been a particular beef of mine, along with testing in general and high-stakes testing in particular like they do here. Fortunately we can opt out of the testing by going to private school (which we love) but our school chooses to follow the local calendar just for convenience.
Anyway, Ms. Cox has decided to spin this argument as allowing more time for testing, which is also, oddly, the reason they originally gave for starting school during the dog days. Whatever. I just welcome the prospect of a full-length summer again!