The Southeast Missourian reports locally based legislators are working in the Capitol on changes to school start dates.
The bill just passed the policy committee 15-10 last week, and it would bar schools from starting their school year more than 10 days before Labor Day.
Representative Barry Hovis of Gordonville voted in favor of the measure, while former teacher and Perryville Representative Rick Francis has opposed it.
Hovis says he sees the concerns of the farm industries, which doesn’t want early start dates. Francis says he supports the ability of each school to choose a start date.