Bid for modified school calendar appears likely to fail

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 01:49 PM.

However, Ipock believes that starting school in early August and ending in late May actually extends the tourist season, as out-of-state tourists will continue their vacations through August as North Carolina students return to class.

"Our schools get out earlier and start using the beach before everyone else," he said. "And then everyone else still comes down."

He said he could appreciate the concerns of businesses that rely on tourists, but educators have other priorities.

"We need to look at what the best calendar is for education and what is best for student learning," he said.

Ipock said he believed that momentum was building across the state to do away with the state-mandated controls over local school calendars, but legislators in the General Assembly have yet to buy into it.

"I’m sure at some point it will happen," Ipock said. "What we’re doing is somewhat insane. Working through the politics of it is quite a process." 

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