INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate committee has endorsed legislation
that would prevent the state’s public schools from starting classes before
The Senate Education Committee voted 8-1 on Wednesday for the bill sponsored
by Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel and sent it to the full Senate. The
original bill also would have prohibited schools from ending after June 10,
but it now allows school boards to override that.
Supporters say it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because
families would have more summer vacation time and it could reduce the cost
of cooling classrooms in August. Opponents say decisions about school
calendars should be left to individual school districts.
The bill would not apply to schools that have year-round classes.