Maybe not the wrong wrong reason, but not the main one either. Don’t get me wrong, I love extending the school year, but I think it should be extended for other reasons:
Raleigh, N.C. — State lawmakers are considering a bill that would give local school boards more flexibility with when to start and end the school year.
House Bill 94 would repeal a 2004 law that requires districts to begin the school year after Aug. 25 and end it no later than June 10.
Under the proposed legislation, schools operating on a traditional calendar schedule would be able to open any time after Aug. 15. The bill does not apply to schools operating on a year-round calendar.
Supporters of changing the law point to issues like a high number of snow days, especially in the western part of the state, and the challenge in making those up to meet the 180 days of school mandated by state law.
They’re right. Snow days have been a massive problem here. And with Global Warming creating more and more snow days here, it’s only gonna get worse.
However, I still think that we should extend the school year because it helps kids learn and quit pandering to tourism.
The 2004 legislation was the result of a group of business owners and parents who, in part, were concerned about how extending the school calendar into the summer months could affect local tourism economies.
Businesses at North Carolina tourist destinations depend on the summer months to boost their profits, and business owners say every week of the tourism season is critical.
Teaching our kids is critical.