(DES MONES) The Iowa House approved a measure today (Tuesday) that would prohibit schools from beginning classes before the fourth Monday in August.
Under the current law, schools cannot begin the school year until after September 1st unless the school applies for, and is approved for, an early start waiver.
Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler says he supported the measure because he says not all learning happens at school, a lot of it happens at home.
“Especially is you are a producer of food,” said Baudler. “Let’s just say a kid has show cattle; some of them watch it being born, follow it all the way through, now it’s 1,250 pounds and you’ve got a rope on the end of it and if you’re on one end of the rope you can learn an awful lot about safety issues, about patience, record keeping, hopefully learn how to make a profit. But the big thing is you know that cow, that critter that you’ve been very close to, and it’s going to be slaughtered and put in your freezer, or somebody’s freezer, for safe food. So to me it was a no-brainer to support this bill.”
Baudler says this bill will not affect the 180 mandatory days the kids have to be in school.
The measure passed the House 54 to 44 and now goes to the Senate.