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New bill would allow Ohio schools to start after Labor Day

Posted at 9:24 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 22:45:09-04

State Senator Gayle Manning introduced a bill to allow Ohio schools to start the academic school year after Labor Day.

"Email your legislators, make phone calls to them, let your superintendent know you are in support of Senate Bill 34," Manning said.

Since introducing Senate Bill 34, Manning said she has heard from many parents and teachers who have complained that it is too hot for students to go back to school in August.

"The heat is a problem with schools, and even with the windows open it's not enough," mother of two Elisa Avery said.

A recent survey conducted by the non-profit Ohio Travel Association found 59 percent of people prefer a school start date after Labor Day. 

The travel industry and some small businesses have shown support for the bill. 

But not everyone likes the idea. Some school superintendents don't like the idea of giving control to the state to set the calendar; they would rather that control remain local. Manning, who is a former teacher, said she addressed that issue in the bill; schools can opt out if they have a public meeting with taxpayers before setting the calendar. 

Several other states, including nearby Michigan, already have similar laws.