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August 2, 2013

Education board rejects school start date plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The State Board of Education is declining to act on a proposal that would have made it more difficult for school districts to start classes in August.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1egHyaJ ) the board voted 5 to 2 Thursday against holding a public hearing on the proposed rule.

Board member Diane Crookham-Johnson says the Legislature should decide the issue.

The matter arose because although state law now requires districts to start school no earlier than the calendar week that includes Sept. 1, most districts seek waivers allowing them to begin earlier. Gov. Terry Branstad has called the current policy too lax, saying starting school earlier hurts Iowa's tourism industry.

The new rule would have required districts to meet more requirements before starting early.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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