Tennessee Parents Support Legislation for Statewide School Calendar

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Some parents are building support for legislation that would ban Tennessee public schools from opening earlier than the week before Labor Day after a summer of sweltering classrooms and heat-exhausted athletes.

But they face opposition from most of the statewide education organizations, which want to retain flexibility for local school boards to set their own school calendars.

A special House-Senate committee studying school-year issues held its first hearing last Friday.

The Tennessee School Boards Association, the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents, the Tennessee Education Association, which represents teachers, and the State Board of Education expressed support for leaving the calendar up to local boards.

Parents from Knoxville, Clarksville, Franklin and elsewhere organized under the banner "Save Our Tennessee Summers," wants the Legislature to block schools from opening earlier than the week prior to Labor Day and from closing later than the week after Memorial Day.

A bill with those parameters failed last year. The committee is to deliver its recommendations by February 1st.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Michelle Pugh Location: Troy , TN on Nov 19, 2007 at 07:55 AM
    Here in Obion county Tn we need a state mandated calendar. I as a parent and a taxpayer, am tired of paying unnecessary high utility bills for starting school in early august. I am also tired of the school board taking unnecessary days in oct and feb. Ridicoulous Fall break is completely unnecessary if school is started after Labor Day, there is 194 weekdays in between Labor Day and Memorial Day, which is plenty of time for the 180 Day School Calendar. I am tired of vacations, xmas and spring break changing every year, altering my div court order at xmas time. I can never make concrete plans for our family vacations and summer when you take vacations is shorter every year. This year xmas break is unreal, we are attending school to the wire, Dec 21st is the last day and get this we don't return to school until Dec 8th!!!! Sounds like someone at the schoolboard wants a after xmas skiing vacation. Xmas break should have been Dec 16th-Jan 2nd. Our School board calendr makes no sens.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Knoxville on Nov 4, 2007 at 09:53 PM
    I really thinkit is a mistake to give the state control over all of the schools schedules.Leave it to the individual counties to decide.At least now if you have a problem with the schedule you can go to your local school board with other parents and have your voice heard.that won't be possible for all of us if the state is in control.I also don't want to lose fall break,the kids enjoy this little vacation,and so do I.


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