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Gov. Says School Start Date Rules Are Too Lax

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Gov. Terry Branstad says the rules governing school start dates in Iowa are "too lax."

Branstad told reporters Monday that the existing policy hurts summer tourism in the state and that he expects to see some changes made by the Department of Education.

Under current Iowa law, schools are supposed to start the week that includes Sept. 1. But nearly all districts apply for and get waivers to start earlier in August.

A group led by Iowa State Fair Manager Gary Slater has filed a petition with the state Department of Education seeking tougher enforcement of the law.

Department of Education Director Jason Glass says the department is reviewing the petition with the governor's office, but no final decision has been made.

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