Push to make schools start after Labor Day fails

February 11, 2011

A proposal to not allow Indiana's public schools start the academic year before Labor Day has failed in the General Assembly.

A deadline passed on Thursday for the state Senate to reconsider the bill after a 25-23 vote against it last week didn't result in a Senate majority on either side.

Bill sponsor Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel argued it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together. Supporters also say schools could pay less to cool classrooms in August and that recreational and tourism businesses would be helped by more time without school that month.

Opponents say decisions about school calendars should be left up to local elected school boards.

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