LANSING – State Representative Andy Schor (D-Lansing) has introduced House Bill 4844 that would allow schools to start their academic year before the Labor Day holiday. The current state law says public schools must start their year after Labor Day.
Schor's bill states that if a school district starts classes before Labor Day, then the district may not have school in session on the Friday before Labor Day. Schor says his bill strikes a good balance, by allowing schools to schedule their own start dates, but allows families to enjoy the last weekend of summer by not scheduling classes on the Friday before Labor Day.
The law prohibiting public schools from holding classes before Labor Day has been in effect since the 2006-2007 school year.