Bill Calls For Shorter School Year

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ATLANTA (AP) - A new bill in the state Legislature would allow school systems to shorter the school year by as many as ten days to give students more summer vacation time with their families.

Republican state Representatives Charles Martin of Alpharetta and Ron Stephens of Garden City are sponsoring the measure called the Flexibility for Excellence in Education Act.

State law now requires 180 days of instruction. The two lawmakers say that's too long and summer vacations are too short.

Martin, a former mayor of Alpharetta, says House Bill 262 gives local systems control and flexibility over calendars.

Martin says shortening the calendar would mean packing the same
amount of instruction into fewer days. He also says the shorter calendar could result in reducing transportation and energy costs.

And he says that money could be spent on salaries and materials for the schools.

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