The bill would allow local school boards to cut up to ten days from the school year, which is now 180 days as required by state law. Not everyone thinks shortening the school year is a good idea.
Dr. Donnell Carley, a Board Member with Thomasville City Schools says, "They need help. And we certainly have to provide that as a community. 170 days is just not ample time for teachers to teach those children."
Lisa Grant, a concerned grandparent adds, "It would hurt them because it would give them too much time to be out playing and not really focusing on what they really need to be learning."
Representative Charles Martin co-sponsored the bill and says shortening the school year could help reduce transportation and energy costs, money that could be spent on teacher salaries and materials.