School Start Date Debate

We should find out Wednesday if the push to give counties more control of when they start school in the fall has any legs.

A state house committee is scheduled to look at two bills Wednesday that seek to give specific counties in the western part of the state the ability to start school in early and mid-August.

State law requires school to start August 25 or later, after a big battle of school calendars in 2004.

Supporters of starting school earlier have said it will allow students to take final exams before winter break.

Those who support the summer stretching through August say it gives families the opportunity to vacation in August. Others argue it extends the amount of time teens can earn an income working summer jobs.

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