Start of school year delayed by 10 days in Massachusetts

This is a file photo of school busses. (WLNE)

QUINCY, Mass. (WLNE)– The start of the school year in Massachusetts will be delayed by 10 days, the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) announced on Monday.

The delay shrinks the school year calendar down to 170 days from 180.

Teachers pushed for the delayed start time to give themselves more time to plan, according to a statement from MTA president Merrie Najimy.

Negotiations had stalled last week between teachers unions and the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Najimy said.

An agreement signed tonight between the department, the MTA, the Massachusetts American Federation of Teachers and the Boston Teachers Union not only trims the calendar but reduces the number of hours of learning time requirements,  to 850 hours for elementary schools and 935 hours for secondary schools.

Under the agreement, school in the state must begin by September 16.

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