SCHOOL START DATE: WAIVER                                                                       S.B. 885:

                                                                                                    SUMMARY OF BILL

                                                                                      REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Bill 885 (as reported without amendment)

Sponsor:  Senator Mike Shirkey

Committee:  Education

 


CONTENT

 

The bill would amend the Revised School Code to provide that a waiver allowing a school district, intermediate school district (ISD), or public school academy (PSA) to begin a school year before Labor Day would be valid until the school district, ISD, or PSA notified the Department of Education that the waiver was no longer required.

 

Currently, the board of a school district or ISD or board of directors of a PSA is required to ensure that the district's or PSA's school year does not begin before Labor Day. This requirement does not apply to a school district, ISD, or PSA that has been operating a year-round school or program since September 29, 2005, or has been operating since that date a school that is an international baccalaureate academy that provides 1,160 hours of pupil instruction per school year.

 

If a school district, ISD, or PSA began operating a year-round school or program after September 29, 2005, the school district, ISD, or PSA may apply to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a waiver allowing it to begin a school year before Labor Day. If the Superintendent determines that a school or program is a bona fide year-round school or program established for educational reasons, he or she must grant the waiver.

 

The bill provides that a waiver would be valid until the school district, ISD, or PSA notified the Department, in a form and manner prescribed by the Department, that the school district, ISD, or PSA no longer required the waiver.

 

MCL 380.124b                                                          Legislative Analyst:  Nathan Leaman

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

The bill would have no fiscal impact on the Department of Education, local schools, intermediate school districts, or public school academies.

 

Date Completed:  11-29-18                                                   Fiscal Analyst:  Cory Savino

 

 

 

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.