Iowa Department Of Education: Let Districts Decide When School Starts

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The Iowa Department of Education voted 5-2 Thursday against a proposal that would’ve made it harder to start school before September 1st.

Parents and the board agreed that schools should have the flexibility to decide what's best for their district. “I don`t always say that and I don`t always say that in terms of local control, but I think in this particular case they do know what`s best,” said Charles Edwards of the Iowa Department of Education.

Why did the board take up the issue? State law requires that school starts no earlier than September 1st, but every year nearly every district requests a waiver and gets one.

Tourism groups were lobbying to push the start date to September.

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