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Coldwater superintendent works to repeal after-Labor Day start requirement for Michigan schools

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Coldwater School Superintendent Dr. Tina Kerr is helping to lead a push in Lansing to have lawmakers repeal the statute that mandates K-12 public schools in Michigan always begin their new school year the Tuesday after Labor Day. Kerr told the Coldwater Board of Education this week that there is a lot of momentum to move away from the perception than the post Labor Day start is a beneficial policy. Kerr is on the board of the Michigan Association of School Superintendents which is lobbying hard for the change.

The issue has heated up as the winter weather this year put Michigan in a deep freeze that has seen a surge in class cancellations. Some of those lost school days will have to be made up, stretching some of them well into June when it’s warm or even hot weather that can be a problem. Kerr and others believe beginning the school calendar in August will give education officials better options when make-up days are required and can be scheduled instead in late May or if needed in early June.

Kerr is somewhat optimistic a return to the pre-Labor Day class start could actually return for the 2014-15 school year.