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Education

July 30, 2013

Iowa board will consider school start date plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Starting classes before September would be more difficult under a proposal being considered by the State Board of Education.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/14ghmyf ) the Iowa Department of Education proposed the new rule, which will be considered by the board Thursday.

State law now requires districts to start school no earlier than the calendar week that includes Sept. 1, but most districts seek waivers allowing them to begin earlier.

The new rule would require districts wanting to start up to seven days early to have local school boards hold public hearings and approve resolutions saying a later start date would negatively affect education.

Districts that want to start earlier would need to document the negative impact and back up the claim with test scores, budget information and staffing data.

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

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