Washington County Board of Education rejects August 1 as start date for school

In Tennessee, the Washington County Board of Education rejected a proposal to start school on August 1 next year. Johnson City Press reports that “member David Hammond told the board he gets phone calls from parents complaining that the school year starts too early and asked the board if it would be possible to push to starting date forward a week to August 7. “

A new proposal will be presented next month.

A Tennessee code, 49-1-606, calls for students in grades 3 through 8 to have at least 150 days of instruction before TCAP testing, and high school students on the block schedule require 90 days of instruction for each semester. That doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for a new calendar.

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