Ohio considers limiting school to between Labor Day and Memorial Day.

Jul 9, 2011 by

A bill being debated in the Ohio House of Representatives would prohibit most public schools from starting the school year before Labor Day or holding classes after Memorial Day.

But while shrinking the calendar window, House Bill 191 also would increase the “length” of the school year by requiring a higher minimum number of hours of instruction, rather than a set number of days.

Ohio Rep. Bill Hayes, R-Licking County, one of the sponsors of the bill, acknowledged that the calendar shift would create a longer summer break and boost tourism, which is Ohio’s third largest industry.

“It’s an economic engine that creates jobs and generates revenue for the state,” he said.

Among those who spoke in favor of the bill before the House Education Committee on June 15 were representatives of the Boating Associations of Ohio, the Ohio Campground Owners Association and other tourism groups.

Ohio Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood, said the education committee hasn’t heard opponent testimony on the bill yet, but he expressed several concerns.

“The people who want to start the school year earlier seem to have valid points, and I want what’s best for students and makes Ohio more competitive,” Butler said. “We should never put tourism in front of children’s education.”

Tom Ash, director of governmental relations for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, said his group favors the hours portion of the bill but not the Labor Day/Memorial Day aspect.

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