Education A State Capitals Roundup

Michigan Schools to Start Later

By Bess Keller — October 11, 2005 1 min read

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