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Students Should Return After Labor Day, Says State Legislator

Last updated on Thursday, August 11, 2011

(STATEHOUSE) - An Indiana legislator isn’t sure if he will continue his efforts to see Indiana kids go back to school after Labor Day.

State Senator Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) has authored the bill mandating the start of the academic year for 3 years. The legislation has passed the Senate on each attempt only to die in the House of Representatives. Kruse says the bill also lost support in the Senate in the third try.

Kruse believes the start of the school year should be after Labor Day to protect valuable family time through the summer months. He also thinks school districts would save money on energy costs by not having to air-condition buildings in August, which is commonly the hottest month of the year.

Kruse challenges the argument that such a mandate would take control away from local school districts. He says the state legislature has been in control of school districts and what they do for several years.

Kruse does concede to the argument that the start of school in August is necessary to achieve and equal balance of instruction days in the fall and spring semesters while maintaining the natural semester break during the winter holidays.

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