SCHOOL YEAR: Debate Over Start Of Classes

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The beginning of the school year could come later for Iowa students.

Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s considering some changes. He says an early start could be hurting the state’s tourism industry — specifically attendance at the State Fair.

Under state law, students aren’t supposed to go back to school until the week that includes September 1st. But nearly every school district requests a waiver to start the year earlier.

Last school year, 98-percent of districts were granted a waiver to start classes early.

This year, students in the Des Moines Public School District start August 22nd and Ankeny students go back to school on the 15th.

Some parents say they’d prefer a later start.

“In the spring, you get out and it`s cold and you can`t go to the pools, you can`t do a lot because it`s chillier and then in August when you want to be in the pools, school is back in session – you can`t go to the State Fair, you can`t do family time,” says Julie Hirst.

The Iowa State Fair runs August 8th through the 18th this year.