Shrinking summer vacations spur call for Missouri schools to start later

April 15, 2019 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In a move pitting the tourism industry against school groups, a Missouri lawmaker wants to bar schools from starting classes before late August.

The proposal by Rep. Jeff Knight, R-Lebanon, would set the starting date no earlier than 14 days before the first Monday in September.

Knight, whose district is south of the Lake of the Ozarks, said earlier school start dates are affecting the tourism industry as more families end their summer vacations in early August.

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