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Wed December 2, 2009
School start date could change under Michigan plan
LANSING, MI –
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.