Local control of school calendars is expected to face a battle this year in Montgomery. Business and tourism industry advocates are once again lobbying heavy support for bills that would force local schools to push back the school start date, removing the authority to set school calendar dates from where it rightfully belongs -- with local school boards. AASB strongly opposes proposed legislative mandates that strip away decision-making power from local school boards.
Your system's school calendar -- which often is developed with input from your parents and community members -- is compromised when lawmakers force arbitrary school start and/or end dates.
Oppose a school calendar mandate.
First and foremost, a school calendar should address student learning and instruction. Preserving school-based flexibility to design school calendars is essential to accommodate student learning needs, local education goals and each communities’ unique preferences. When schools must comply with a forced school start and/or end date, it causes educational, legal and financial consequences and causes disruption to local communities. Setting a school calendar impacts far more than the summer camp and tourism industries.
Let your voice be heard.
If you have not already done so, please place a school board resolution to oppose a mandated calendar on your next board agenda. Be sure to share the approved resolution with your lawmakers. Download a sample resolution.