It's Back: School Start Date Debate

When should summer vacation end for your kids? State law requires school to start August 25 or later, after a big battle of school calendars in 2004.

The issue is back before the North Carolina General Assembly. A bill has been filed in the N.C. House that would allow counties to open their schools as early as the second Monday in August. That's a 15-day difference on the 2009 calendar, for example.

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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  • by Madison Location: Scott on Apr 22, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    wow. i don't think i would like to start summer vacation in August!
  • by ellis Location: allu on Apr 16, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    we are doing a project. we support starting school after labor day.
  • by teachers Location: nc on Mar 20, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    People keep commenting on "when I was in school". If you were in the teaching profession, you would see that schools are not like they were when we were in school because many parents and kids are not like they were back then. The public has no idea what teachers deal with on a daily basis. I really wish the critics would try teaching, so they can see what it's really like. Then, perhaps, they wouldn't be so quick to judge. The start date is not the biggest issue facing schools today. I can assure you of that.
  • by teachers Location: nc on Mar 20, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    To Mother: It's obvious you have no clue what teachers are responsible for these days. Every year, there is more and more placed on us. Most teachers I know, work 7 to 5 with no lunch break or planning time. Then, we end up having to take time out of our personal time with our family to take things home. Teachers have more work now because more is expected of us. Do you work ten hours a day with no lunch break, take your work home, and are barely able to feed your family and pay your bills because your pay is so poor? If you really add up all of the hours teachers work, you would find that we don't even make minimum wage. Then, we have to put up with people like you criticizing us. By the way, there is way more to teaching than grading papers. You have no idea what is involved in our profession. This is why it is hard to keep good teachers. They move on to careers where they can do better for themselves and their families and do not have to put up with all of this nonsense.
  • by Dare County Location: Dare County on Mar 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    Guess what? The post was right on about "Sin"ator Basnight. He got his personal agenda filled by starting school later so that our students can work for him at his businesses and get paid minimum wage without any benefits. He is too cheap to hire employees who NEED the work and the benefits.
  • by Tracey Location: Chocowinity on Mar 20, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    I think the way it was when I was in school was ok. We started after Labor Day, had a few teacher workdays, took exams before Christmas break and were out the first week of June. Our graduation was always the first Friday in June.
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Mar 20, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    There are going to be problems with testing no matter when the EOCs are held. I would be interested in seeing the differences between the course averages for the 1st and 2nd semester EOCs. There isn't a two week break before the 2nd semester tests. However, there is still the nearly 3 weeks of cramming (reviewing) before each one.
  • by Mother Location: Washington on Mar 20, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    If they, the law makers, would use their time wisely by trying to fix the things that have gone wrong in the districts there would be no time for this mess. When I was in school we never had this problem. We got out the first of June and went back right after labor day. Of course the teachers back then did not need all these days off during the school year to do their work either. My teachers did their work and did not need extra teachers work days. Every time we turn around the kids are out of school for somethings. And not just to land blast the teachers. Those that are married with children their sspouses need not be so lazy at home. Help their mates with your children so they can get their papers graded or test made. This keeps them from being tired and worn out. Another thing. If teaching is not your forte' then don't do it. It is not a job for everybody. We have teachers that are not interested in making sure the students and the school system is not much better. To much politics.
  • by Al Location: Jamesville on Mar 20, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    If you do not agree with the outcome of the vote remember to go to polls on election day a vote that person out of office. By your action or inaction you sent that official to Raleigh.
  • by Lisa Location: La Grange on Mar 20, 2009 at 03:25 AM
    Why not extend the school day and decrease the school week to four days? The extra hours could make up the "day" lost, therefore, meeting the required time in class. The day off could be used for teacher workdays as needed and elimate a day out of classes for the kids. Could also be used when a missed day needs to be made up.

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