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School start date debate: Administrators weigh in


Summer vacation won't be changing on a state-level anytime soon.

That's because the Iowa Board of Education voted Thursday against changing the law that prohibits schools from starting before the week of September 1st.

Governor Terry Branstad and a handful of tourism organizations urged the board members to make it more difficult for schools to obtain a waiver to start earlier, stating that early start dates infringe on tourism dollars for the state.

This past year, 98 percent of school districts in the state were approved for a waiver to start earlier.

On Thursday, the board decided no changes were necessary.

"This really comes down to a local control issue of local school districts and local school boards being able to decide what's in the best interest of their students and their community," said Hudson Superintendent Tony Voss.

Voss said it's important for local districts to form their calendar around local events and not have the start date mandated by the state.

He said he expects lawmakers to discuss what role the state should have in determining when school starts sometime in next year.

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