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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