Sununu To Meet With Amusement Park Industry Group On Push To Start N.H. Schools After Labor Day

Nov 18, 2019

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Governor Chris Sununu is taking his effort to move back school start dates to Florida. The governor has been pushing the idea of requiring New Hampshire's schools to delay the start of the school year until after Labor Day.

Sununu will visit Orlando Thursday to address a meeting of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Post-Labor Day school starts are popular with the amusement park industry, but far less so with New Hampshire school districts.

This year, more than 80 percent of New Hampshire districts held their first day of school before Labor Day. That's about the same percentage that did so before Sununu created what he called the "Save Our Summers" study commission.

According to that commission, a longer tourist season would mean an economic boost to the state of between $24 million and $34 million dollars.

A bill to require a post-Labor Day school start date stalled in the state legislature earlier this year.

Sununu's trip to Florida also coincides with the annual conference of the Republican Governors Association.