Right now in North Carolina, schools can not start before August 25th or end after June 10th. A new bill would allow local school systems to decide, as long as it's not earlier than August 15th. There would be no end-date restriction.
We talked with some parents in New Bern who say they don't like the idea because they enjoy having a long summer with their kids. Craven County school officials say the new bill would especially help out high school students.
"To take those exams prior to Christmas holiday and they don't have to come back after Christmas as it is in the past several years. It helps for retention of that material," said Anetta Davenport with Craven County Schools.
Some say extending school might affect tourism, but officials in Craven County say they don't think so.