School Start Date Pushed Back

Governor Phil Bryant has signed a new bill that pushes back the start date for public schools in Mississippi.

Starting in 2014, the new bill will require districts to wait until the third Monday in August before beginning the school year. Lawmakers say they hope the change will help boost tourism revenue in the state. Local school officials say they are not exactly sure yet how the switch will impact the overall school year. Meanwhile, parents have mixed feelings.

"The summer is actually very short for the children, it's only two months," Anita Wansley says. "They have to start in early August and it's extremely hot. I think my family would actually welcome a couple of extra weeks in the summer."

It's shocking to hear," Amanda Faison says. "I just want to know if it's going to cut into their learning time and as far as is it going to be shorter breaks, longer breaks."

"We can make it work, adjusting holidays or even if he had to," Lauderdale County School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Hodges says. "And this isn't what we would want to do is to have to test after Christmas break."

Experts say the later start could mean $100 million in revenue for the state of Mississippi.


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  • by Another Michelle on May 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    Start school the Tuesday after Labor Day. Eliminate the "fall break" we never had as kids. Reduce the Thanksgiving vacation from a week to just Thursday and Friday like it used to be. Two weeks for Christmas. Good Friday. Spring Break. That's IT! I, too, grew up with a schedule like this, graduated on June 2 and actually LEARNED things. I want my child to LEARN, not just drill test-taking skills.
  • by Leah Location: Lauderdale on May 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM
    I think it's great!!!! It is way to hot to start the 1st of Aug. and they don't get along enough summer. Thanks for the change!!!!
  • by Custodian Location: Meridian on May 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    When I was in school (decades ago) my first day of school was as late as the 10th of September and school let out for the summer around the 3rd week of May. We had a full summer but kids this day and age are really getting short changed on a summer vacation. We got a decent education back then for the time we spent in school and I well remember with fondness the "days of summer" I had as a child.
  • by Michelle on May 10, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    Bravo!!Finally some one is taking care of business.We went to school The day after Labor day.We did not have all the Breaks they have today.We got Thurs & Fri for Thansgiving,did not have a Fall Break?etc.Good Job Gov.Phil Bryant! Do we have to wait until 2014 ?
  • by Ben Location: Meridian on May 10, 2012 at 04:12 AM
    When we were in school 50's - 60's school always started the Tuesday after Labor Day. The year I graduated school ended on June 3rd, graduation was on June 6th.
  • by Tammie on May 9, 2012 at 09:45 PM
    I think this tourism stuff is a bunch of bull! We have to go to school 180 days ! If we are forced to start later in August then we will have to get out 2 weeks later every year! So instead of end of May it will b middle of June when the kids get out of school ! It's no different !
  • by Kim on May 9, 2012 at 08:38 PM
    That would be great. The latest the better. I didn't think they done work at school anymore. With all the home work that is brought home. And the fundraisers. They want you to spend family quality time together. But by time the parents get off work, and hurry to get home. They have to cook, clean, wash, and do homework for hours. Its already 11pm before you know it. And kids need 8 hours of sleep. Mine is lucky to get 5-6 hours of sleep. And then they are so tired the next day. So there is no family time. So 1,2,3 weeks starting later. I'm all for it. Every little bit helps. Vacationing or not...
  • by Educator Location: Central MS on May 9, 2012 at 08:09 PM
    The length of summer vacation will not change. Students will go longer into May and June. Students will still have to attend 180 days.
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      by teacher on May 11, 2012 at 05:43 AM in reply to Educator
      Yes, students have to attend 180 days, but a lot of the breaks (fall, a week for Thanksgiving, etc.) will most likely be eliminated. With this senario, the school year will only be a couple of days longer than it is now.
  • by Curious Location: Clarke County on May 9, 2012 at 07:32 PM
    Wouldn't it be a moot point ending in June? I mean they say it is to increase tourism revenue, right? So, if we push the start date back, only to push the end date back, that's really canceling out the entire purpose?? Or am I not looking at this correctly??
  • by another voice on May 9, 2012 at 07:10 PM
    Longer school days/years and state testing will not fix the education system. The public would be amazed at just how much time is spent teaching the "test"!
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      by Educator on May 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM in reply to another voice
      I can answer that...NONE AT ALL!!!!
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        by another voice on May 10, 2012 at 04:10 PM in reply to Educator
        Mr/Ms Educator, Surely you are not so naive as to think some form of the "test" is not drilled into or used as curriculum for classwork and or homework. If so, you are not a teacher or teach in a k-12 school. As it nears d-day for the test all heck breaks loose. I asked 3 teachers and 3 kids today how much they spent getting ready for the state tests and to sum it up.......lots an lots!
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