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Proposed changes to school calendar

February 3, 2005

Albany - A bill in the state legislature would force Georgia public schools to start no earlier than the last week of August.

The bill would require school systems to begin school between August 29th and September 7th this year. That's much later in August than most south Georgia schools go back.

Dougherty County's Deputy Superintendent says the system pushed up the start of the school year to allow teachers to attend summer master's programs and to allow seniors to start college classes before fall.

"It would be a big change," said Deputy Superintendent Carlos Keith. "We would have to readjust our whole calendar; vacation days, teacher work days, every day in the calendar."

Some parents who are angry about the early start dates praised the proposal. But, many school system officials are vowing to fight the bill.

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