Legislation Introduced to Eliminate Post-Labor Day School Start

April 27, 2015

Michigan’s post-Labor Day school start law is under attack by a handful of legislators and individuals in the education community who want to give school boards the authority to begin their school year on any date within the summer. The Michigan Chamber opposes House Bill 4396 due to the negative impact it would have on Michigan’s travel and tourism industry at the end of the summer season. 

The Michigan Chamber supported requiring public schools to start after Labor Day when it was considered, and enacted, in 2005. Our members in the travel and tourism industries reported a significant uptick in business after the change was made, and we do not wish to see this economic activity stifled. 

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