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Bills would delay start of school year to boost tourism industry



Missouri teenagers may hit the books later than usual under bills that propose a later school year start date for many districts. Reps. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, and Jeff Knight, R-Lebanon, want to prohibit school districts from starting more than 10 days prior to Labor Day, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports

The bills aim to assist Missouri teens who work in the tourism industry during the summer. The tourism industry united in supporting the legislation, but school associations are lobbying against the move. 

The House Agricultural Policy Committee held a hearing Wednesday. Current law requires schools to start 10 days before Labor Day, but districts can hold a public hearing and a school board vote to start earlier. 

One of the main motivations in delaying the start of school is to allow for teenagers to work at the State Fair, which runs Aug. 9-19. 

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