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Kentucky school boards group rejects proposal for late August start date

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Kentucky School Boards Association is officially against a plan that would start school later in August.

Republican Sens. Damon Thayer and Chris Girdler plan to file a bill in the upcoming General Assembly that would require most schools in Kentucky to start no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26.

But the school association board of directors voted unanimously this weekend in favor of letting local school officials keep that power, according to a news release. At a meeting, the group passed a resolution opposing the Thayer-Girdler proposal.

The resolution says a “key tenet” of public education is giving local school boards control over setting calendars and notes, for example, that local boards already can choose when to start school, the release says.

“For all of these reasons, we feel that these calendar decisions should remain in the hands of community leaders, and not be directed by Frankfort for a one-size-fits-all approach for 173 school districts,” Allen Kennedy, the association’s president, said in a statement.

The tourism industry is lining up in favor of a longer summer. It argues that adding a few more weeks of vacation could extend the peak travel season by 20 percent or more.  

But Kennedy said in his statement that the issue is solely about education.

"It's about what's best to prepare them for the careers of the rest of their lives,” he said.

The Jefferson County Board of Education hasn't taken a position on the proposal. The tentative start date of next year's school year is August 10, 2016.

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