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Bill would give schools control over start date

Posted at 12:06 PM, Mar 29, 2017

A bill that would allow Michigan schools to start classes before Labor Day without requesting a waiver moves forward.

Republican Senator Marty Knollenberg's bill was approved by the Senate Committee On Education on Tuesday.

Knollenberg introduced the legislation last week, saying control should be given back to the school district. Currently public school districts in Michigan cannot begin school before Labor Day unless they request a waiver to start early.

Knollenberg's bill would modify the law and allow schools to open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in August, before Labor Day.  However, schools could not hold class on the Friday before or the Monday of Labor Day, preserving the 4-day weekend.

This legislation was referred back to the full senate. We'll let you know if there is a vote.