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WeatherTalk: School keeps starting earlier

Some states are now starting school at the beginning of August.

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FARGO — For most Americans growing up in the 20th century, "back to school" was something that happened at the end of summer. It was as much a harbinger of the approaching autumn as the sight of the first robin was to spring. This is changing now as public schools around the country are starting school earlier and earlier for a number of reasons. Some of this has to do with an increase in teacher vacation and in-service days and also possibly an opportunity to give students more time to learn before spring standardized testing dates. Some states are now starting school at the beginning of August so as to finish the fall semester before the Christmas break.

It all probably matters less these days than it did a few years ago when many classrooms were not air conditioned. This old meteorologist went to elementary school in Alabama in classrooms without air conditioning and cannot imagine doing so during Alabama August heat.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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