School start date decisions should be made at the local level

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State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced legislation to leave the start date for schools up to local school boards.

Currently, Michigan has a mandated post-Labor Day start date for publicly funded schools. Rep. Johnson’s bill would repeal this requirement, which would allow parents and local school boards to have direct impact in choosing their start date rather than being required to wait until after Labor Day. For the 2016-17 school year, the Michigan Department of Education received 95 requests from districts to start prior to Labor Day.

“The closer-to-home these decisions are made, the more efficiently the school calendar start date can be tailored to fit the needs of each respective district,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “As a passionate advocate for local control, this legislation provides an option for those districts who would like to begin school earlier, but not mandating it for districts that would prefer a later start.”

House Bill 4337 has been referred to the House Education Reform Committee for further consideration.