NH commission outlines pros, cons of later school start date

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) A commission studying whether New Hampshire schools should be required to start after Labor Day isn't taking sides, though it suggests ways to alleviate opponents' concerns and emphasizes the economic upside of such a mandate.

School starts before Labor Day in 80 percent of New Hampshire schools. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu created the commission in August to explore how a mandatory later start date would affect academic performance, tourism and other areas.

The commission didn't make recommendations in the report it issued this week. It said a later date could produce an annual economic boost of $34 million, and suggested that delaying a mandate for a few years would give districts time to adjust.

Commission Chairman Jamie Burnett says that would alleviate the biggest obstacle - resistance to sudden change.

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