A bill introduced to the Michigan legislature could have a big impact on school year start times. House Bill 4087, if enacted into law, would remove a requirement from section 1284b of the Revised School Code that generally prohibits school districts, ISDs, and charter schools from starting the school year before Labor Day. Currently, the Michigan Department of Education offers waivers to districts, ISDs, and charter schools that meet certain exceptions in the law. The proposed law would remove the need for such waivers; instead, schools would only be stopped from holding sessions during any Monday or Friday in August. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August would be available for school.
To be sure, the bill has a long way to go before it is enacted. Bill 4087 was introduced on January 24, 2019, and it has had no official movement since. However, its sponsor, Representative Pamela Hornberger, has continued to support the proposal. Stay tuned – Lusk Albertson will watch the bill and communicate any noteworthy developments along the way.