Proposal would change school start date to Monday before Labor Day

Proposal would change school start date to Monday before Labor Day
A bill would change the school start date in Arkansas. (Source: KARK)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - The House Education Committee has received a proposal to change the first day of school to the Monday before Labor Day.

For example, Jonesboro Public Schools started their 2018-2019 school year on Aug. 13.

The Monday before Labor Day was Aug. 27, so the first day of school would be pushed back by two weeks.

As Little Rock television station KARK reports, State Rep. Mark Lowery argues House Bill 1390 could help the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

Lowery says when the kids go back to school, the money making opportunities halt.

“Five million dollars per year is lost in state taxes for every week earlier into the month of August that the school start is,” Lowery said of the bill.

He adds starting late would not necessarily mean ending late but rather extended holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas would need to be modified.

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