Coley on School Calendar

At least one local lawmaker has come out in support of a bill to push back the start of the public school year.

State Rep. Marti Coley says she's gotten too much response from constitutes in support of a later start date to ignore the bill. Coley, a former educator, is on the education committee at the state Legislature.

Apparently, some parents in her district have said the later start date would allow longer vacations.

Rep. Coley says could only support the bill on two conditions. The main one is to protect dual enrollment. The other is to still allow students ample time to prepare for the FCAT.

"For our rural communities, that's a must. We have to have that, so we do have to do something where the semester can still end by Christmastime so that they can dual enroll. I think it’s really important. I also asked for a later FCAT date. If we're going to make them start later then I think we need to give them a later test date."

We should expect to see different versions of the bill before it ever goes to a full vote in the House and Senate.


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