Early School Start Ban Moving Through Legislature

A bill to keep public schools from opening too early each year is advancing at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee.

The legislation would block schools from opening any earlier than 14 days before Labor Day.

Supporters say the change is needed because schools are pushing to open at the beginning of August and even earlier, and that cuts into time for family vacations and students' summer jobs.

Disney, Universal Studios and other tourist attractions are pushing hard for the bill because they say early school starts cost them important end-of-summer business, plus they lose their teenage employees.

Many school administrators hate the bill because early starts allow a clean break between semesters during the winter holidays.