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Later Miss. public school openings begin in 2014

By Associated Press | Published 06 Aug 2013 04:35pm | comments
By JEFF AMY
Associated Press
   JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Many Mississippi public school students are starting class this week, but that won't be the case in August 2014.
 
   That's because the Mississippi Legislature passed a law in 2012 that says public school district can start no earlier than the third Monday in August. That day will fall somewhere between Aug. 15 and Aug 21. This year, it would have been Aug. 19.
 
   The law, similar to those passed in other states, is meant to boost tourism spending by encouraging a longer summer. However, some superintendents say many districts may react by extending schedules into June, cutting into the traditional beginning of summer vacation.
 
   Mississippi districts must still provide 180 days of instruction by law, meaning the only other way to comply is to cut holidays during the school year.
   
 

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