MSBA Legislative Action Alert — Labor Day school start date mandate 

MSBA Legislative Action Alert — Labor Day school start date mandate 

Tomorrow (Thursday, April 3), the Minnesota House of Representatives will take up HF 3172 – the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill – which includes the K-12 education funding bill (HF 3171).

Rep. Kim Norton has agreed to amend the bill to allow school districts to start school before Labor Day for only the 2015-2016 school year. Labor Day falls on September 7 in 2015, with the first day back to school on September 8.

Please contact your representative TODAY to encourage them to support Rep. Norton’s amendment. (Click here for House member contact information.) The House floor session is scheduled for tomorrow at noon.

 The amendment would allow school boards to determine best start date to help improve student achievement.

  • Districts should be afforded greater flexibility in terms how they want to meet the state and federal standards and testing requirements.
  • More instructional days prior to state assessments will benefit students and school districts.
  • Unforeseen school closures due to severe weather would have less impact on student achievement.

 The amendment would not prevent school districts from starting after Labor Day.

 For more information about repealing the Labor Day start mandate, please click here to view the MSBA Labor Day Issue Sheet.

Thank you for your continued advocacy on behalf of your schools and students. Your voice makes a difference!

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