Year-Round School Bill Advances, Chamber Continues to Voice Concerns Over Impact on Summer Tourism

February 16, 2016

Legislation moved forward in the State House last week to require Michigan’s State Superintendent to issue waivers to schools wishing to implement to a year-round school calendar. 

Current law requires Michigan schools to start after Labor Day. This legislation will give schools flexibility on that decision—without interference from the state—and could mean school days are more evenly spread throughout the year, including the high-peak travel months of June, July and August.

The Michigan Chamber has long supported the post-Labor Day school start law as a way to boost Michigan’s travel and tourism industry. However, we continue to voice concerns about the impact HB 5193 could have on summer travel and tourism, the ability for Michigan businesses to hire student workers for their peak seasons and, ultimately, Michigan’s economy. 

Thank you to those Chamber members who completed our survey on this issue. We will continue to work to mold the legislation to reflect the thoughts and opinions raised by our members.  

For more information, contact Wendy Block, Director of Health Policy & Human Resources, at (517) 371-7678 or wblock@michamber.com