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Bill to Loosen School Calendars Has Major Senate Opponent

Some lawmakers are trying to roll back the law that limits when schools can open and close, but their bill may end with its passage in the state House.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The state law that helped influence the setting of school calendars in the state is under fire at the Legislature.

Some lawmakers are re-thinking their vote on when school should start and end, but the bill may not go anywhere.

The state House of Representatives voted this spring to roll back the law, which would make it easier for school districts to decide when to start the school year and to end it so they can get in the required 180 days.

House Bill 359 passed 74-39, but there has been no action in the Senate.

The bill would make it easier for school systems to win exemptions from the law. If they could show an educational purpose, they could start and end when they want.

The tourism industry strongly backed the law limiting the school year, and Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight supports keeping it.

One of the sponsors of the House bill, Rep. Earline Parmon, D-Forsyth, said she has changed her mind after hearing from her district. She had voted to roll back the law.


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