Civil War in Texas: The School Start Date

A relatively quiet civil war has taken place in Texas for more than three decades. The tug-of-war over the school start date began in 1984 and has continued to be an issue debated in the legislative sessions ever since with the tourism industry defending a post-Labor Day school start date and independent school districts seeking local control and the right to determine a start date that is best for its students.  The travel industry has continued to lobby for a uniform start date after Labor Day citing a state comptroller report estimating that an early start date contributes a loss…

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