In Michigan
6:25 pm
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.