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Continued: Summer is already over for some kids

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 5, 2014 - 8:47 PM

“Those kids who are struggling, they don’t lose as much,” said Terry Moffatt, academic director at DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science, a year-round K-8 charter in Blaine. Classes ended June 19 and resume Aug. 11, and teachers have an even shorter break.

Some charter schools don’t want students to lose momentum toward graduation. Face to Face’s typical schedule is five weeks in school and one week off, with an early summer break that started June 12 and ends Monday.

“We really want to see them 12 months out of the year,” said Darius Husain, the school’s program director.

Minneapolis College Prep, the fledgling North Side charter high school, will restart Aug. 19 for new students and Aug. 22 for returning students. That takes commitment, said Principal James Barnett.

“Our kids are in school when they see their friends riding past on their bicycles for another two or three weeks,” he said.


Steve Brandt • 612-673-4438

Twitter: @brandtstrib

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