Most Iowa schools will continue to start classes in mid-August.
The Iowa Board of Education voted 5-2 Thursday against moving forward a change in rules that would have made it tougher for schools to get a state waiver to start school in August.
Representatives of the state tourism industry and Iowa State Fair spoke in favor of the rule change, while local school board members and some parents spoke out against the issue.
Mike Cormack with the Iowa Department of Education said the rule came after much discussion and he thought it presented a fair compromise for both sides.
He said after the vote that he's disappointed that it will not move forward.
If the rule had been approved, it would have moved forward to a public hearing on September 10th.
The Board did vote to move a rule forward that would allow schools to use a set number of hours to determine their school year instead of the current system that requires a set number of days.