When Should the School Year Begin?

A state lawmaker wants public schools to wait until the week before Labor Day before opening their classrooms.

State Representative Dan Gelber has filed a bill to prohibit public schools from starting earlier in August. The Democrat from Miami Beach says he thinks schools are starting classes too early in August to have more time to prepare students for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

He adds that it doesn't make sense to start classes in the middle of hurricane season when there's a chance that storms will shut down schools. Gelber says the early start date is also out of sync with many summer enrichment programs and family vacations.
This year more than one-third of Florida's public school districts started classes during the first week of August. One of those was the Bay County School District.

The state representative says his plan won't change the total number of days that children go to school.


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