Shirkey bill would allow schools to retain Labor Day waiver

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey introduced a bill on Thursday that would ensure that schools granted waivers to be in session before Labor Day would not be required to reapply for the waiver every year.

Current law bans schools from starting before Labor Day, but the Department of Education grants waivers in some cases, allowing an early start to the school year.

The waivers must be renewed every year, but under Senate Bill 885, the waivers would carry over from year to year until a school notifies the department that the waiver is no longer needed.

“Most schools retain the same or similar calendars every year, so it makes sense to enable them to retain these waivers every year,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “My measure would take this decision out of the hands of the department and give it back to the schools, where it belongs.”

SB 885 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Education for consideration.