Heat wave could renew push for later school start

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A mid-August heat wave that has left some students sweltering in classrooms without air conditioning could renew the push
for an Indiana law preventing schools from starting classes before Labor Day.

Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel says the heat wave will fuel the debate even more when the next legislative session
starts in 2011.

Bill supporters say starting classes after Labor Day would give families more summer vacation time and reduce cooling costs.
Opponents say school calendars should be left up to local districts.

In 2010, a similar bill passed the Republican-led Senate but stalled in the Democrat-controlled House, where the education
committee chair has said he prefers local school board control.

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