http://www.startribune.com/business/62143247.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUUF President Obama has suggested that students should have longer school days and shorter summer vacations. IMO... What about the economic impact on shorter summer vacations? Thousands of camps for kids? Community pools? Amusement parks? Day care facilities? Family vacations (impact on motels, parks, travel, etc.)? In MN school districts by state law aren't permitted to begin the school year until after Labor Day and the State Fair. If school days are longer, what about school sports? Larger districts share fields/arenas with the younger kids getting late afternoon hours and older students getting them in the evenings. All soccer, softball games are held during daylight hours where I live. Football practices are during daylight hours after school. Additionally, adults also now use facilites during evenings. Where's the money going to come from to pay teachers if districts are currently having difficulty funding education? Statistics don't necessarily support a longer school year. According to this article, kids in the US already spend more hours in school than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests. Will a longer school day really help?