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Dr. Darienne Driver says there will be no early start in August for elementary schools.

Driver says no early start calendar for MPS elementary schools next year

Milwaukee Public Administration had been talking for a while now about standardizing the school year calendars for all its 150-plus schools, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The plan would have all schools starting in mid-August and ending in mid-May.

Currently elementary schools start at the beginning of September and run through mid-June. All MPS high schools (and schools that include high school programs, like MacDowell Montessori and Golda Meir) moved to the early start calendar last August.

The plan was expected to be discussed at the district's Committee on Strategic Planning and Budget next week. But, today, Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver, in a video posted on the district website, said that the idea has been dropped for the coming year, based on feedback from families.

"The plan," Dr. Driver said, "started as an idea that would help improve student success, provide more opportunities for growth and be more financially responsible."

Driver added that administration is now proposing two calendars – a September start calendar for elementary schools and a mid-August start date for secondary schools. This is basically how the current school year started.

Driver also announced a series of upcoming community meetings around the city.

Here is the video:

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