- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Debate over when school districts may start their calendar year continues, with a bill that gives the state control over start dates stalled in the Iowa Senate.

The Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would require Iowa school districts to start classes no earlier than Aug. 23. But Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, filed a motion to reconsider the bill, meaning it is stalled until he calls it up for another vote.

Gronstal said he was concerned that the bill excludes high schools from setting year-round calendars.

Republican Senate minority leader Bill Dix called the bill a compromise.

This issue came up after the state announced plans late last year to stop issuing automatic waivers to allow districts to bypass current start date rules.

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