By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia School District is proposing an earlier start to its school year by beginning fall classes before Labor Day.

It’s a proposal that the district’s Chief Academic Officer Cheryl Logan will be presenting at tonight’s School Reform Commission meeting.

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The thinking is that if the school year begins earlier, you can get more instructional days in before Memorial Day — and before attendance drops in June.

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There would still be the state-mandated 180 days of instruction. Reportedly, the new calendars would have the school year starting on September 5 in 2017, and August 27 in 2018.

Many suburban districts go back before Labor Day, as well as many charter schools.

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The proposal would be voted on at next month’s School Reform Commission meeting.