The point is not to go soft on schools, it's to go harder on them. We should be demanding excellence, graduates who are prepared for college or to enter the workforce and compete. If starting school later helped in this regard, we'd be praising the proposal up one side and down the other. But it's telling that superintendents don't want it. Their priority, rightfully, is educating youngsters, not helping vendors fill some minimum wage jobs for a few more days.