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Bill to Loosen School Calendars Has Major Senate Opponent

Posted May 28, 2007 10:31 p.m. EDT
Updated May 29, 2007 12:18 a.m. EDT

— 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.