Back to school battle brewing in Lansing

Back to school battle brewing in Lansing

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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - About  75% of the school children  across the country are already in school but not in Michigan, where the tourism industry has convinced lawmakers to delay the opening of school until after Labor Day.

There is a move at the state capitol to change that, but its likely to fail.
 
In 38 states children  are already hitting the books, but not in Michigan. Since 2005 local schools have been ordered that they can't ring that school bell until after Labor Day.

State Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing) has a  bill that would order schools to take the Friday off before Labor Day but his bill is getting no traction from the man who runs the house.

House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) said the issue has been asked, and answered and he has no intention of revisiting it."

Don't the kids benefit from being in school? Bolger was asked.

"I didn't say that, he said. "Because I supported the ability for the schools to go year-round if that's what they want to do."
 
Interestingly, many students are busy before Labor Day with football, band and cheerleading practice.

Schor argues to put them in the classroom because between June and September students forget a lot.

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