VIDEO: Large school district starting earlier this year, worrying tourism industry

VIDEO: Large school district starting earlier this year, worrying tourism industry


UNIT AT 207-7635.>>Isis: NEW AT 6:00, SOME SAN ANTONIO STUDENTS WILL BE STARTING SCHOOL EARLIER THAN OTHERS THIS COMING YEAR. SEVERAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS NOW TAKING ADVANTAGE OF RECENT REGULATION THAT ALLOWS QUALIFYING DISTRICTS TO CHOOSE EARLIER DATES. AS COURTNEY FRIEDMAN EXPLAINS, THAT MAY HELP THE DISTRICTS BUT IT WORRIES THE LOCAL TOURISM INDUSTRY.>>Reporter: IT MAY SEEM LIKE SCHOOL START DATES ONLY AFFECT EDUCATORS, STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS. BUT ASHLEY HARRIS WITH VISIT SAN ANTONIO SAYS THAT’S NOT THE CASE.>>PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THAT EVERY SINGLE WEEK YOU MOVE UP THAT SCHOOL START DATE, JUST IN SAN ANTONIO AND — JUST IN THE SAN ANTONIO AREA ALONE, THAT HAS AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF $44 MILLION FOR EVERY WEEK.>>Courtney: EARLIER SCHOOL MEANS FEWER PEOPLE TRAVELING AND SPENDING MONEY.>>THE VAST MAJORITY OF OUR BUSINESS COMES IN AUGUST, SO THAT’S WHY THAT SCHOOL START DATE IS SO IMPORTANT.>>Reporter: THE CURRENT STATE LAW SAYS SCHOOL HAS TO START THE FOURTH MONDAY IN AUGUST. SEVERAL BILLS DURING THE REGULAR SESSION AIM TO CHANGE THAT, BUT THEY DIDN’T PASS. STILL, A 2015 LAW ALLOWS SPECIFIC DISTRICTS TO START EARLIER, ONLY IF THEY’VE BEEN DECLARED DEMOCRATICS S E D DISTRICTS OF INNOVATION. THE EARLIER SCHEDULE ALLOWS DISTRICTS MORE FLEXIBILITY. SAN ANTONIO ISD IS NOW A DISTRICT OF INNOVATION AND BELIEVES STARTING EARLIER WILL ALLOW CONTINUOUS LEARNING AND MAXIMIZE STUDENT PERFORMANCE.>>SAISD HAS ALREADY INDICATED FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL CALENDAR THEY’RE GOING TO MOVE THAT UP BY TWO WEEKS AND THAT IMPACTS US AS THE HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM.>>Reporter: MOST DISTRICTS ARE NOT MAKING CHANGES. A SPOKESPERSON CONFIRMS THEIR SCHOOLS WILL START AUGUST 28th, WHICH HE SAYS I ACTUALLY ONE WEEK LATER THAN LAST YEAR.

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