L.A. Board of Education Votes to Move School Start Closer to Labor Day

The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved a compromise plan that would move the start of school closer to Labor Day, a topic that has generated strong feelings among parents.

Teacher Stuart Sellz and his P.E. students try to beat the August heat by having class at the back of the auditorium rather than outside at Lawrence Middle School in Chatsworth. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg/ Los Angeles Times)

Teacher Stuart Sellz and his P.E. students try to beat the August heat by having class at the back of the auditorium rather than outside at Lawrence Middle School in Chatsworth. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg/ Los Angeles Times)

The decision moves away from the district’s current “early start” calendar, but also allows students to complete the first semester before winter break.

This year classes began on Aug. 16 and will end on June 9.

“I think we’re starting too early right now,” said board member George McKenna. He insisted that there’s no evidence that students benefit academically from the early start, but families’ summer activities are limited.

The new plan would shift the schedule back one week next year and an additional week the following year, finally settling on a regular starting time the week prior to Labor Day, which is the first Monday in September. The adjusted school year would end later in June.

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