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Start of LAUSD's school year changes, but remains controversial




Los Angeles Unified School District buses wait to pick up students.
Los Angeles Unified School District buses wait to pick up students.
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Next year, LAUSD students will head back to class a week later than this year. In 2018, the first day of school will be delayed even more.

The LAUSD board on Tuesday voted 5-2 to push back the start of school, marking the end of an experiment with earlier start dates that began just a few years ago.

LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer says while the topic is not without controversy, the decision is an appropriate compromise for early start lovers and loathers. But Sarah Auerswald, who runs the blog Moms LA and has two kids in LAUSD schools, says it puts more pressure on students.

They both joined host Alex Cohen to share their sides.

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue audio player above.