"I believe that supporting education and giving our students the skills to be successful is one of the most important steps we can take toward growing Michigan's economy," said Schor. "My bill will give our school administrators greater flexibility to decide what start date best serves the educational needs of their students. Local educators know best what works for their students, and if being in school prior to Labor Day is a better option in some schools then they should have that option. I believe that my bill strikes a good balance that will let kids be in school yet also lets families fully enjoy the Labor Day holiday by not holding classes on the Friday before. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this bill."
State Representative Andy Schor (D-Lansing)
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.