Parents React To Passage Of School Calendar Law

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Alabama lawmakers have rejected Governor Robert Bentley's revisions to the school calendar law. Now school districts across the state have to start school no earlier than August 19th and have to end by May 24th.

Local school districts have expressed their frustration over the bill, but have already started planning how to deal with the changes. Madison County schools have discussed significantly cutting back on Fall or Spring breaks and other holidays.

Parents aren't too pleased with the state mandated schedule change.

"I’m just against any time one central location like Montgomery wants to tell us all individual districts what to do with our local school districts," said Madison mother Sonja Griffith. "Especially in a district as successful as the Madison school district.”

The new school calendar will add about two more weeks to the summer. Some parents believe the extra time will make it more difficult for students to retain information.

"Academic studies show students learn best when they’re instructed, tested, then given opportunity to rest," said mother Emily Cook. "The way this calendar is configured that will not be the flow of the school year.”

Under the new plan students can go more than 45 days without a break.

But not everyone thinks it will have a negative impact.

"That's how we grew up. We never really had a Fall break, so I think it’ll be great. It did okay for us," said mother Kara Lingerfelt.

Supporters of the bill say it will bring in $22 million in tourism revenue for the state.

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