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Longer School Year Could be Brought Before Legislature

SEPTEMBER 12, 2006 - Posted at 7:10 a.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, AR - Members of the state Education Board are considering the prospect of a longer school year.  State board member Randy Lawson says the Education Department should consider lobbying the Legislature to change the school year.  Lawson says some districts would like to start earlier in August and he says it would be better to give districts the option.

State law says schools must begin no earlier than August 19 and no later than August 26.  The law also allows the board to grant waivers for emergency circumstances.

Districts have to provide 178 student-teacher days.  A longer year would give districts more flexibility when they need to make up days.

State Education Commissioner Ken James noted that calendar issues are always hot topics when the board decides on its legislative package.  The board took no action on whether to lobby the Legislature in the session beginning in January.

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