LAUSD votes against schedule changes


Daniela Guzman

The Los Angeles Times Unified District (LAUSD) School Board voted on Tuesday to reverse a decision implementing a later start date for the 2017-2018 school year.

Staying consistent with the past few years, the calendar for the following school year will begin three weeks before Labor Day.

LAUSD board members voted on Sept. 20 to begin school on Aug. 22, 2017, which would have resulted in a two day long Thanksgiving break and would cut winter break down by a week.

The plan to have school start later emerged from concerns of air conditioning costs due to excessive summer heat, saving LAUSD money, as well as attempting to prevent disrupting family vacations.

However, concerns were raised by school board member Scott Schmerelson over parents considering switching their children out of district-run schools and into charter schools with earlier start dates. Schmerelson had originally supported the calendar and was in the 5-2 vote that had voted in favor of it.

Because of the reversal, the school year will presumably begin on Aug. 15, 2017 and Thanksgiving and winter break will remain their current lengths.