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Next year, Missouri schools will start later in the summer

Backers say pushing back school could help Missouri's tourism industry.

July 12, 2019 - 11:09 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Gov. Parson signed a bill to give some Missouri school children an extra week out of school in August next year. 

The new law pushes back the earliest possible start date for public schools by an extra four days, from the current 10 days before the first Monday in September ... to 14 days before then. 

The change doesn't take effect until the fall 2020 school year, so calendars for this year won't be affected. 

Current law allows schools to start earlier if school boards give public notice, hold an open meeting and then vote to begin sooner. Under the new law, districts won't have that option. 

Backers say pushing back school could help Missouri's tourism industry by giving families an extra week for summer vacations. 

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