State lawmakers considering bills aimed at school start dates

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – Do you think your child starts school too late or is that date too early? Well, a few South Carolina lawmakers are trying to fine-tune school start dates. 

The proposals approach the topic of school start times two different ways.

A few of the bills leave the decision in the hands of local school boards while the others remove current requirements and introduce a new start date.

Right now, under current law, a school district may not begin school before the third Monday of August, a change that went into place in 2006 after pressure from coastal counties concerned about the impact of tourist season. But now, many school districts across the state say that change no longer works for their students so several lawmakers have filed bills that could leave that decision in the hands of a local school board.

Rep. Annie McDaniel (D) of Fairfield said, “Some school districts want to make sure they get enough days in prior to testing so the students will have all of the core material they need before testing. And you also have some districts who like to have the students finish course work before they go home for winter break.”

The other bills would allow schools to start earlier than that third Monday but not before August 15.

All the bills relating to school start dates have been assigned to an education committee.

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