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Gov. Walker weighs in on idea to change start date for public schools

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker weighed in Tuesday on a proposal to change the start date for public schools in Wisconsin.

State law requires public schools to begin the day after Labor Day.

Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) are circulating a bill that would lift the restrictions on when classes can begin.

Wisconsin's restaurant and tourism industries are against the legislation, saying they rely on high school workers during the summer months.

"It aligns with our university system, with schools all across the state. Some parts of the state it's a bigger deal in terms of tourism than others, but that's certainly an issue we can discuss in the future again," Gov. Walker said.

Private schools and universities are allowed to set their own start dates.

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