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.

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.

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.

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