Legislature Overrides Gov. Bentley’s Amendment On School Calendar Bill

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Local school systems have set their calendars for the 2012-13 school year, but now, they’ll have to start from scatch.

Thursday, the Alabama Legislature overrode Governor Robert Bentley’s executive amendment on the school calendar bill.

Governor Bentley had returned the bill to the Legislature on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to include an amendment that would allow local school systems to opt out of the law.

The House and Senate both overrode that request.  This means Alabama public school students will not start classes before August 20, 2012 and must be finished with the school year by May 24, 2013.

“The intent of the bill in regard to tourism is good, and we understand that.  However, the Governor also believes in making sure that local school systems have the local control that they need, such as the ability to set their own school calendars,” said Jeremy King, Governor Bentley’s Deputy Communications Director.  “That is the reason the Governor had sent the bill back, with an executive amendment.”