Governor Terry Branstad is directing the Iowa Department of Education to come up with new rules to prevent school districts from starting classes in the middle of August.
Current state law requires schools to start in the week in which September 1st falls, but districts apply for and receive waivers from the Department of Education to start earlier.
Branstad says the tourism industry claims they lose millions when schools start early, as families stop traveling and teenagers quit their summer jobs at swimming pools and resorts.
The governor has met with tourism industry leaders to discuss their concerns and since legislators have failed for years to pass a uniform school start date law, Branstad appears ready to take action.
That means the new school starting date standard won't be in force until the 2014/2015 school year.
It also means there will be statehouse hearings on the proposal and school officials are likely to protest saying it should be a local decision by local officials.
Administrators argue an early August start date allows for longer holiday breaks.
In the past school year, all but eight of Iowa's 348 school districts asked for and got a waiver to start earlier than August 27th.