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      Mo. lawmaker proposes Sept. to May school year

      Summers could extend a little longer for school kids under a proposed Missouri law that also seeks to require students to spend more time in class and attend summer school if they don't perform well.

      Summers could extend a little longer for school kids under a proposed Missouri law that also seeks to require students to spend more time in class and attend summer school if they don't perform well.

      Districts would be required to make summer school enrollment mandatory for students who score less than proficient on statewide tests. Plus, the regular school year would be occur between Sept. 1 and May 31 while the state's minimum class time would increase.

      Sponsoring House member Steve Cookson says summer school would help prevent students from falling further behind. He says more uniform school calendars can help families who move between communities.

      The Missouri School Boards' Association says local officials should have flexibility to set academic calendars and that summer school would add costs for districts.