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Florida may let schools start in early August

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Florida's public schools may get a chance to start school in early August.

The Legislature is considering a bill that would allow school districts to move up the starting date of school to three weeks before Labor Day.

A House panel is scheduled to consider the bill (HB 657) on Tuesday. It's the last stop before it heads to the full House.

The measure would undo a law pushed by former Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush backed the change after complaints from parents about school starting in early August.

Bush supported the change because some were blaming the state's high-stakes test for the start dates.

School districts designated as academically high performing are allowed to set an earlier start date now. Fourteen districts start school between Aug. 7 and Aug. 16.

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