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Survey Finds Most Ohio Voters Want Schools To Start After Labor Day

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For the second time in as many years, a bill in the Ohio Legislature would push back the start date for K-12 schools until after Labor Day. A new survey, funded by the Ohio Travel Association, shows voters support that plan.

The Ohio Travel Association’s Melinda Huntley says those surveyed favor school starting in September because August weather is too hot, and so students would have more time for summer jobs and families would have more uniform schedules for vacations.

“Sixty-six percent of Ohio voters support the proposed bill and that also included teachers and parents,” Huntley says.

Tim Stried with the Ohio High School Athletic Association says his group doesn’t care as long as the bill wouldn’t prohibit sports from starting earlier.

“That would put fall sports teams in a predicament because our fall seasons now, most of them begin in the middle of August,” Stried says.

Stried notes if schools start after Labor Day, they will find it hard to wrap up the first semester before Christmas break.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.