School Start Date Debate

A bill that is trying again to give school districts more leeway in when they can start class each year in doubt.

The House Commerce Committee narrowly defeated a motion Tuesday
night to recommend the measure go to the House floor.

The bill would permit school systems to start school as early as the second Monday in August. The current law requires districts to begin no sooner than Aug. 25.

The legislation wouldn't change the required end of school by June 10.

Parents and the travel industry convinced lawmakers in 2004 to pass a statewide school calendar law. They argued too many districts were cutting into traditional vacation time by starting in early August.

School systems have sought more calendar flexibility ever since. Administrators say the restrictions hurt student performance and make it difficult to end semesters before the December holiday break.

The 13-to-14 vote doesn't necessarily kill the bill. Sponsor Rep. Ray Rapp of Madison County hopes the motion will be reconsidered.

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  • by Kimberley Dixon Location: Grimesland on May 6, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    Ok high school students can only miss 7days per semester, Right? Well if you start the second week of August and many students miss a week (and they will) that means they can only miss 2 more days which means you will have more children failing. I don't think they is going to improve grades. I personally believe they have to many breaks during the year anyway. Cut out some of the days during the year they have off but leave the summer ALONE. Also alot of the schools a/c do not work all that well and August is the HOTTEST both we have in Eastern NC. So if you start in early August alot of schools will just be sending students home early. What sense does that make?
  • by momof3 Location: nc on May 6, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    I don't know why you folks even bother commenting on this subject. They are going to do like they want to do.You just don't get it do you?
  • by Fed Up! Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    Why change the date? Just maybe if parents and students would discipline themselves, the students could make their grades and still be able to enjoy a nice summer. Please school board, don't punish the students who do their work by taking away their summers. The students need a break after working so hard!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    Restrictions hurt student performance huh? This shows how clueless education administrators are. So they're going to pawn education failure off on just 2-3 weeks. So if we start 2 weeks earlier, administrators would have us believe that grades will go up. If our school started the first week in August, my children would be on vacation. Then I would have to deal with DSS (Department of Socialist Service) and explain why my children make honor roll even thought they missed a week.

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