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LAUSD's Early Start Program to Get Late Start

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Last December, LAUSD agreed to have the new school year start on August 15th instead of starting the day after Labor Day to allow students to complete final exams before the winter break. The "Early Start Calendar" plan has just been delayed, according to a statement released by LAUSD Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines.

Why is an approved-weeks-ago program being halted so soon? Cortines cited several reasons for the delay, including impending budget cuts that may be "devastating" and the need to give parents and students more time to adjust to the new calendar.

The money quote: "Governor Jerry Brown's proposed tax election in June could result in deferred state and LAUSD budget decisions, which would have a significant impact on the preparation for the upcoming academic year and starting school early."

Cortines also shared that several parents and employees expressed concerns about the new schedule because they had already made summer plans for this coming August.

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The first day of the new school year is back to its regularly-scheduled programming: it will start after Labor Day in September.