Summer break seems to get increasingly shorter for Ohio students, as many schools are already back in session in early or mid-August. Now, some Northeast Ohio lawmakers are trying to delay the start of school statewide.
“I’ve had parents who have come up to me and said, ‘Can’t you do something about this because they’re starting way too early and we don’t have a voice in this,'” said Ohio State Senator Gayle Manning.
Manning, of North Ridgeville, a former teacher is the sponsor of Senate Bill 34. It would generally require public and charter schools in Ohio to begin their school years after Labor Day.
Some superintendents feel an early start date equals more instruction for state testing.
“We’re working with the Ohio Department of Education right now; we’d like to have an amendment that pushes the tests back,” Manning said.
Both bills have been discussed in committees and the lawmakers expect to bring them up in both chambers in the fall. They suggest parents and taxpayers contact their state lawmakers to let them know their opinion on the issue.
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