Commission outlines pros, cons of later school start date
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A commission studying whether New Hampshire schools should be required to start after Labor Day isn’t taking sides, though it emphasizes the economic upside and suggests ways to alleviate opponents’ concerns about such a mandate.
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu created the “Save Our Summers Study Commission” in late August to examine how a mandatory post-Labor Day start date would affect tourism, academic performance, athletic programs and other areas. Several other states already have taken that step, but doing so in New Hampshire would reverse a growing trend toward earlier opening days. This year, 80 percent of the state’s schools started before Labor Day.