Legislative Bill Addresses Start of School Year

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi public schools would be required to start on the third Monday or later under a measure
moving through the state legislature.

The state Senate voted 29-21 for House Bill 707 Tuesday. Under the bill, the earliest possible school day would be anywhere from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21.

The House had mandated a start date of the fourth Monday of August or later. The amended bill returns to the House for more work.

The Gulf Coast Business Council, a business group, is pushing the measure.

The Gulfport-based council says the measure would let families spend more money taking vacations, boosting the economy.

Opponents say the state shouldn't interfere with a district's ability to set its calendar. They also warn a later start date means school lasting later or fewer holidays.


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  • by Alcorn Mom Location: Corinth MS on Jun 3, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    This HB707 is going to cause much confusion with child custody. I am a Mother that shares custody of a child with her father every other week throughout the summer. Changing the dates will mean that my child will be spending Five to six weeks of visitation with her father compared the four that she had done in the past. Many custody papers state that the child spend one week before Christmas with on parent and a week after Christmas with the other parent. This year school is not out untill the 24th. What happens towhen Christmas vacation is cut to the 24th and 25th? That means my child will be in another county while she is with her father. How is this going to affect midterms? The legal fees that parents will undertake will be huge to fix this on an indaviudle level. I can see my child not suceeding at school as she has in the past, how sad.
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