The early school start is one of the biggest travesties ever perpetuated on the citizens of SW Minnesota. It's a complete joke to think that 10 school days more prior to testing is going to make a significant difference in test scores. This is the wrong plan forged for the wrong reasons at the wrong time. It's nothing more than a hypothesis with zero proven data to back it up. Our students are being used as lab rats to test a theory, which to me is borderline abuse. You want to improve student test scores... start by holding students accountable, get rid of ineffective teachers, put some resources back into our schools, and eliminate all the "fluff" programs we offer. Get back to readin', writin' and arithmetic.