Public Hearing On School Calendar

Dozens of administrators, teachers, parents
and former students spoke Wednesday at a legislative public hearing on
a bill that would broaden exceptions to North Carolina's rigid
public school schedule.
Parents and the travel industry want to keep in place a 2004 law that
requires local school districts to begin classes no sooner than
August 25th each year and end by June 10. They say that schedule
maintains the traditional vacation time parents want and helps the
coastal economy.
But many school boards and superintendents say the restrictions
are dampening student performance and creating a frustrating
schedule. They support a new bill would let the State Board of
Education grant more waivers to entire school districts.