State Senate deadlocks over school start date bill

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The state Senate has deadlocked over whether to support a bill that would largely prohibit Indiana's public schools from starting their school years until late August.

Senators split 25-25 on the bill Tuesday, and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman wasn't present to break the tie. The bill could be voted on again Wednesday.

The bill would allow school start dates of no earlier than the fourth Monday of August.

Supporters say such a law would mean more summer time together for families and boost the state's recreation and tourism sites. Opponents argue such decisions should made by local school boards.

The Senate voted 45-5 in favor of a bill requiring schools to teach cursive writing. The state Department of Education last year dropped cursive writing from required school curriculum in favor of keyboard proficiency.


  • Blasphemy
    I'm shocked the Senators haven't reviewed their scripture regarding this:

    Gen 4:20 And the Lord saith "The days of the
    sowing and harvest shall not be the days of
    learning, alas, he who seeketh knowledge in
    these days shall be smoked from the face of the earth."


    Gen. 9:11 And the Lord also said, "I am your
    creator; no teaching other than this is allowed; any who do shall be smoked from the
    face or the earth".

  • Year Round School
    Having school year round has been the best thing for my children. Pike Township added year round 10 years ago and it has been a very successful program. Leave the school year decisions to the school districts, not the legislature.
  • No more summer vacations
    This whole notion of having several months off for summer vacation is a laugh. It is an antiquated relic of days past when the children were needed to plow the fields and harvest the crops.

    Instead of insisting that our kids spend less time in school (because, for most families, at least one parent works, so that whole "extra travel and togetherness time" nonsense won't actually happen). Here's a noble idea: year round school. There would be three 2-3 week breaks for Christmas, spring, and summer. Most civilized countries already send their kids to school year round. Why don't we let Indiana rise to the top of the nation (admittedly, not a high standard) by educating our kids more, instead of arguing about how little we can teach them by starting the calendar ever-later?
  • Education Issues
    The United States ranks last among all industrialized nations when it comes to education. Indiana ranks approximately 29th among all states for education. I agree, we need more vacation time for the students, so they can get use to laying around as adult.

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