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Petition submitted to school start after Labor Day

Sec of State Al Jaeger
Sec of State Al Jaeger

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A group of parents has submitted a proposed petition that could prompt a public vote and mandate that North Dakota public schools start after Labor Day.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger says it's the first step in the process.

His office and the attorney general's staff have five to seven days to review the proposal and draft petition language. Then the people behind the effort could start gathering signatures.

The group hopes to put an initiated measure on the November 2014 ballot. Proponents will need to collect about 13,500 signatures to force a vote.

Each school district is currently free to set its own calendar, including the starting date for the academic year.

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