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House Considers Moving Start Of School Year Up

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – The start of the new school year may be moved up a week or so if a bill in the House survives.

The bill (HB 657) would allow school districts to move up the starting date of school to three weeks before Labor Day.

A House panel is scheduled to vote on it Tuesday. It’s the last stop before it heads to the full House.

The measure would undo a law pushed by former Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush backed the change after complaints from parents about school starting in early August.

Bush supported the change because some were blaming the state’s high-stakes test for the start dates.

School districts designated as academically high performing are allowed to set an earlier start date now. Fourteen districts start school between Aug. 7 and Aug. 16.

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