Michigan public schools will begin classes after Labor Day, under a measure signed into law by Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm last month. Tourism and business leaders pushed for the change, saying that late-August vacations could boost the state’s ailing economy by $132 million annually.
Education officials generally opposed the new law, which takes away the ability of districts to decide their start dates.
A version of this article appeared in the October 12, 2005 edition of Education Week