Save Our Summers Study Commission Releases Report
Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu's Save our Summers Study Commission released their final report. The Commission met six times throughout the past two months and heard testimony from the public and advocacy groups about this issue.
"I would like to thank the entire Save our Summers Commission, especially Chairman Jamie Burnett, for the countless hours they put into this important initiative," said Governor Chris Sununu. "It will serve as a roadmap for policymakers as they consider and debate whether schools should start before or after Labor Day."
"This issue is important to many people, and the Commission heard from a wide range of stakeholders," said Commission Chair Jamie Burnett. "The report does not make a specific recommendation on policy, but our findings and the considerations we raise should guide any policy making process to address a post-Labor Day start date for schools. I believe there is a pathway forward to bring uniformity to school calendars and ensure local control for school districts to determine the most effective approach to achieve it. Restoring a few days in August and beginning school after the traditional end-of-summer holiday would spark economic activity, increase revenues, and bring relief to tourism-dependent businesses and attractions. Importantly, it would also provide students with additional income, work experience, and learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom setting."
The Commission was tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of the impact of beginning the K-12 school year prior to Labor Day.