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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