Two bills currently being discussed by Ohio lawmakers would delay the start of the school year until after Labor Day.
Senate Bill 34 and House Bill 549 would tie state funding to school districts starting after Labor Day. The proposals would allow schools to opt out and not be penalized if a public hearing was held at least 30 days before adopting resolutions to start before the September holiday.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Jody Friedman, who is both a mother and a teacher. “Once Labor Day is here, hit the ground running for the rest of the school year.”
State Senator Gayle Manning is a sponsor of Senate Bill 34 who also knows what it’s like to be in the classroom. She spent 37 years as a teacher. She said parents are overwhelmingly in support of this proposal.
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