Should School Start Before Labor Day?

Should school districts be allowed to begin classes before Labor Day?

As students prepare to head back to school next week many are already back in the swing of things with sports and clubs, so should classes start sooner as well?

We talked with parents in Haslett on Friday night who say school should begin before Labor Day.

It's the first football game of the season but for the band, the cheerleaders and of course the football team, it's safe to say they're already in session.

Karen Wilson, Parent: “If you have kids in sports especially, you're going to be done with summer vacation by this time. It doesn't make a lot of sense, they need to both be after or both be before.”

Kelly Roe, Parent: “I think anyone that has kids is sports in august, you're starting anyway.”

The state law mandating that schools begin after Labor Day has been in place since 2005; something Senator Rick Jones has supported since the beginning.

Jones: “They estimate millions of dollars more come in because schools start after Labor Day.”

He says that's because the later start gives people more time to travel and spend money right here in Michigan.

Jones: “We're talking millions of dollars, not just for the state but also for schools and schools need every bit of funding we can get them.”

But many parents at the game say, they're not vacationing now anyway.

Laurie Baetz, Parent: “We're already here, my sons a senior this year- his summer vacation stopped as of August.”

So while it seems they'd like an earlier start.

Wilson: “It would make sense for our family because we're gonna be here, we have football players.”

Those football players and their families are left to wait more than a week before the bell rings.

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