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Governor Branstad Wants Later School Starting Date

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There's renewed talk about when children should head back to class in Iowa.

Under current Iowa law, schools are required to start the week of September first, but nearly all districts apply for waivers to start earlier in August.

That way, they can end the semester before Christmas break.

But Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says the earlier start hurts summer tourism in the state and that changes should be made by the Department of Education.

The Iowa State Fair manager has also filed a petition for tougher enforcement of the existing law.

The Department of Education says plans to review the law, but no final decision has been made.

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