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Schools' starting dates to remain up to boards

Schools' starting dates to remain up to boards
Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 13:50:10-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- A bill that would mandate when Indiana schools start their sessions will not be heard this session.

Indiana State Senator Randy Head (R) said Thursday he found out that Senate Bill 7 would not be heard.

SB 7, authored by Sens. Jean Leising, Dennis Kruse, and Jack Sandlin, would have made it so that a school's first day of school couldn't be before the last Monday in August. The law would go into place beginning with the 2019-20 school year.

Head said the bill was proposed so students who are involved in the Indiana State Fair can still show their exhibits without missing school. In 2017, the Indiana State Fair ran from Aug. 4-20. 

But Head, who didn't support the bill, said it would have had a lot of "unintended consequences."

For example, the seniors who would graduate mid-term would have to wait until after the next year, throwing a wrench into their college plans. 

Head suggested schools give excused absences to the students who are in the state fair, like what currently happens now.

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