Class Before Labor Day for Philadelphia Public School Students?

The school year for Philadelphia public school students would begin before Labor Day and finish earlier in June under a new proposal set for review.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Philadelphia School District's chief academic support officer will introduce the proposed calendars at Tuesday's meeting of the School Reform Commission.

"This is the school district constantly sort of looking at all avenues and options of how we feel we can increase attendance and improve academic performance," said school district spokesman Kevin Geary.

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Under the new plan, classes would begin for students on Sept. 5 and finish June 14 during the 2017-2018 academic year.

This year, the first day of school for students was Sept. 7 and the term is scheduled to be completed on June 20. [[401261145, C]]

"I actually think its a good thing and it's more in line with what the rest of the country does," said parent Tami Dimmerman.

Officials say the calendars have been proposed with academics in mind. If approved, the district would be more in line with others around the region.

The commission will vote on the proposed change in December.

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