School start date could change under Michigan plan

Michigan's efforts to win more federal cash for schools could result in changes that will cause some angst beyond education circles.

Among them is a proposal that would eliminate the requirement that Michigan schools start classes after Labor Day. It's one of several changes proposed in legislation aimed at giving Michigan a shot at winning up to $400 million in the Obama administration's Race to the Top competition.

A state law passed in 2005 requires public schools to start classes after Labor Day so families could extend summer vacations and tourism-related businesses would have teen workers available into early September.

Some lawmakers say eliminating that requirement may improve the state's chances of securing more federal cash for schools.