4/8/2013

More than a dozen N.C. lawmakers have filed bills to give school districts more control over when the school year begins. Currently, state law sets the start date to no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26, which the state's tourism industry supports as it allows families more chances to travel to the state's mountains and beaches, adding an estimated $1 billion in economic growth through tourism. However, some school district leaders argue an earlier start will allow districts to have more flexibility for professional-development days and schedule winter tests before the holidays.

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