SDUSD votes to change first day of school, despite large opposition

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego school officials are shaking up the school calendar for 2016-17.

Board members voted to push back the first day of school, before Labor Day from the usual Tuesday after Labor Day to Monday August 29th.

The proposal passed despite thousands of parents showing opposition in a survey conducted by district officials online, in which 65% said they did not want the change.

Many claimed the change would interrupt family vacations planned during Labor Day weekend.

“I don’t like it,” said Ernie Villafranca who over the years has made summer vacations ending on Labor Day weekend a family tradition.

School leaders argue they need the change to align their calendar with that of most school districts in the county.

And they say pushing back the first day of school would benefit learning, giving students in AP classes more time to study before spring exams.

Supporters also said an earlier last day of school on June 14 instead of June 21 would give students more time for summer programs and playing sports.

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