Senate Gives Schools Option

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Senate has voted to give school districts the option of keeping children in class five fewer days for each of the next two years.

That would take the academic year from 180 days to 175. Districts also could remove five non-instructional days.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Videt Carmichael of Meridian said shortening the school year would not harm the overall educational outcomes of the state in the long run, but would save school districts money.

Sen. David Blount of Jackson says the last thing the nation needs to hear is Mississippi is going to have less education for its children.

The bill must go back to the House for a vote.

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  • by Robert Location: Meridian on Mar 3, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    The school year is way too long. I remember when I was in school. We would get out just after Memorial Day and go back after Labor day. Now school kids get out at the end of May and go back the first week in August. No wonder tourism across Mississippi is hurting. Yes, there is the economy, but the hurt in tourism was happening long before the bad economy.
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