Are other states experiencing similar problems with early school start dates?
In a word, "YES." In the summer of 2004, the North Carolina legislature passed a law requiring their schools to begin classes no earlier than August 25th. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Virginia, Texas, Michigan, Missouri, and Florida have also adopted school start date laws. Georgia, Alabama, South Dakota, Arizona, Tennessee, and Colorado are currently considering similar legislation. The rising tide of parental dissatisfaction with early start dates and the damage to their states' economies are the driving forces behind this growing movement.
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When will first semester exams be scheduled under the new law?
What is the economic impact of earlier school start dates on our state?
I've heard that the passage of this law is really about tourism interests. Is this true?
Why shouldn't our local school boards be able to make all school calendar decisions?
Is Save SC Summers a special interest group?
How will a later start affect our children's education and state accountability testing?
Why are school leaders so opposed to this legislation, if it is what parents want?
Does the new law merely shift the school year?
How can I help protect this law?