News

SD House Committee Passes Measure Regarding Starting School Date

SD House Committee Passes Measure Regarding Starting School Date

Photo: clipart.com

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee has passed a measure that would prevent public schools from starting classes before the last Monday in August.

The State Affairs Committee voted 8-5 to advance the bill.

Supporters say it will allow more time for students to gain additional summer work experience, attend the State Fair and take vacations with their families. Tourism industry representatives say the bill will be good for business. Some supporters hope to push all school start dates to after Labor Day.

Opponents counter that individual school districts should decide when classes start in the fall. Officials representing schools say education should be the top priority and starting school earlier allows more time to prepare for mandatory testing.

Recent Headlines

in National

Buzz Aldrin wants to colonize Mars

Fresh
12-overlay17

The second man to walk on the moon is pushing for a Mars settlement by 2040.

in Music

Lady Antebellum taking a break

ladyantebellum

The trio will park the tour bus to spend a little time with family.

in National

U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk

vaccine

The vast majority of U.S. kindergarten-age children are vaccinated against preventable diseases but sizable pockets of unprotected children still exist, posing a public health threat, according to a government study.