School Start Date

School Start Date 

HB 233 (Rep. Krause)- SB 673 (Sen. Campbell)

 

TRA's Position

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.

Issue Overview

In 2006, the Texas Legislature established the 4th Monday in August as a state-wide, uniform start date for public schools (Sec. 25.0811, Education Code).

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 early and inconsistent school start dates throughout the state.

Early and inconsistent start dates have disrupted private sector business operations throughout the state, causing reports of significant revenue losses, reductions in operating hours and operating capacities, and reductions in workforce (including summer jobs once available to school kids and teachers) as businesses have been forced to scale back to adjust to a dramatically shrinking family customer market disrupted and altered by early school start dates.

In his 2017 study, noted Texas economist Dr. Ray Perryman concluded that moving the average school start date in Texas just one week earlier would cost the state a billion dollars in lost economic activity, more than 7,500 permanent jobs, and $62.1 million in lost tax revenues.

These losses are being most profoundly felt by small businesses which comprise at least 70% of the Texas travel and tourism industry. Many small businesses, such as restaurants, accommodations, retailers, attractions, summer camps, state park concessionaires, sole proprietorships, independent contractors, and others, are reporting double-digit percentage decreases in business volume and revenues. Without a full summer family travel period, the short-term and long-term outlook for many of these businesses is dubious.

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.

Bill's Intent

 

Status

HB 233 was filed on November 12, 2018 by Representative Matt Krause, and companion SB 673 on February 6 by Senator Donna Campbell. SB 673 was referred to the Senate Education Committee on March 1st. HB 233 failed to pass third reading on the House Floor on May 6, 2019.