In 2006, the Texas Legislature established the 4th Monday in August as a state-wide, uniform start date for public schools. However, in 2015, H.B. 1842 became law, which allowed school districts to exempt themselves from 67 state requirements, one of which being the uniform, 4th Monday in August start date, thus creating late and inconsistent school start dates throughout the state.
TRA is working with the A+ Texas coalition to support legislation to establish a uniform school year that begins after Labor Day and ends before Memorial Day. This will restore a full summer for Texas families and enable Texas businesses to grow while generating more tax revenues and creating more jobs. Find out more by watching our latest two-minute TRA News Now.
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