Proposal Will Allow School Year To Start Early
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GREEN BAY-- A proposal recently introduced by Republican lawmakers in Madison would allow school districts to start school before September 1st. Current state law prohibits the public school year to begin before that date. That law was passed in 2000 and was challenged 6 years ago when lawmakers brought a similar proposal to the legislature, but that measure failed. A change to the current restirction is being considered again by lawmakers in 2013.
Green Bay Area School District leaders are considering how any changes to the start date would impact the community. Assistant Superintendent Mark Smith says allowing schools to begin sooner can offer more opportunities for both students and teachers. But he says community feedback is important and any changes would ultimately be considered by the school board.
Opponents of changing that law include organizations representing restaurants, hospitality, and the tourism industries. Those business often rely heavily on teenage employees to work through the busy summer season. If districts were allowed to change the school calender and start the school year sooner, some employers fear it could impact their business by causing a shortage of workers toward the end of the summer.