North Carolina public school districts could start classes as much as 2 1/2 weeks earlier in a bill tentatively approved in the House.
The bill approved 77-41 Wednesday is the latest effort by state education groups to loosen a 2004 law requiring schools to begin no
earlier than Aug. 25 and end by June 10.
The measure would move the start date to as early as Aug. 8.
The original law has been defended by the tourism industry and parents who want to keep traditional summer vacations.
Bill supporters said districts should have the flexibility to decide when classes begin. Rep. Paul Luebke of Durham County argued it also would ensure exams end before Christmas break.
A final vote could come Thursday. Then it would go to the Senate.