Lawmakers Look To Tweak School Calendar Rules

North Carolina senators are ready to give schools wiggle room to rework their calendars after snow days, while sticking within a schedule demanded by tourism interests.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday for a bill to give school administrators more flexibility to move the required starting and ending dates for the traditional school year. The bill heads to the House.

A state law backed by the tourism industry requires schools open no earlier than Aug. 25 and close by June 10.

The bill lets a school district open earlier in August if severe weather forced the closing of at least one school for all or part of eight days annually over a span of several years.

Schools in the mountains sought the change after snow closings lengthened last school year.

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 9, 2010 at 01:55 PM
    "T" I guess that Saturday in school really screwed up your week-end social life, get over it you will have more disappointments in life. "Sissy", teacher work days are not for grading students work, they still grade papers at home.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    I keep hearing about 'not enough time'. Lord! If these teachers cannot teach the curriculum in the 7 plus hours you have them there then it is definetly a problem! My neighbor home schools and teaches her children in 2 - 3 hours what it takes a school 7 plus hours to teach. Yes, its an accredited program. Children NEED a break. After a few hours in school they are DONE and most kids have shut down after 3 hours. The plus with home school is not being exposed to other peoples 'problem' kids and their gross liberal ideas, lack of morals and manners. I feel sorry for teachers. Parents LACK of training their brats before their children go off to kindergarden is the main problem.
  • by Jonathan Location: Plymouth on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    I don't believe those are real reasons, I see how schools are used as babysitters, and afterschool programs and now they have summer programs too. I have seen and compared how far behind NC schools are from Va for example. Yr round school will do nothing! What needs to happen is the children need to be taught instead of being PREP'd to take those stupid EOG test. They waste an entire monthjust for that, and then the ones that fail get another two weeks to "study" and take it again! The schools themselvesw need to fixed not the schedule's. The NEA has RUINED the national education system, lets teach real history etc not this watered down PC crap they are teaching now.
  • by a mom Location: greenville on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    And you wonder why the US is one of the lowest ranking in education...b/c it is run by the state and government. Enough said! And look what our politicians are trying to do...more government run programs. Looks like the USA will be "last" in everything if we allow this to keep up!
  • by Year Round on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    I'd take year round schools, with one catch. It is my understanding that out in Wake county, the only real problem with year-round schools is that siblings are not on the same 9/3 schedule. Meaning that you could have one kid going to school for weeks 1-9, and off for weeks 10-12, and your other child off of school for weeks 1-3, and in school for 4-12. That would definately need to be fixed before I would agree with that set up (not that our school board cares anyway :) )
  • by To Jonathan on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:10 AM
    No Jonathan, the reason I want my kids to go to year round school is so that they don't loose as much information over the break. Teachers spend enough time at the beginning of the year re-teaching what the kids learned the previous May (since June is a waste anyway) since over the summer most parents don't bother reinforcing what their children learned in the school year. If children went to school year round, the would retain more grade to grade, because there is only three weeks between them, not 2.5 months
  • by nikki on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    i think the ids should go to school all year around for one it keeps them learning something and keeps them out of trouble .that would mean more time for teachers to get a good paycheck as well and this day and age we know they need it
  • by Teacher on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    Kids should go to school 225 days a year so they can catchnup to the rest of the world. I'm a teacher and I love my summers off, but, quite honestly, these students are not learning enough in 180 days. E.O.G.'s need to go, too, b/c they haven't done anything to improve education.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Jonathan, you couldn't be more wrong about your babysitting comment. I know a lot of kids that had rather be in school instead of home for 3 months during the summer. Also, in year round schools the kids still get the same number of days off. The days off are just spread out. For example, the school that my niece attends is in school for 9 weeks and then out for 3. Your babysitting argument doesn't hold water.
  • by Teacher on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    Teacher workdays now are required staff development days. The only time teachers have to work in their classrooms are PROTECTED workdays, of which there are less than 5 per year.
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