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    Union County teacher fights for school calendar flexibility

    Kudos to Michael Hicks of Union County Public Schools for his petition supporting school calendar flexibility. This year, our county, Union County Public Schools, adopted a schedule where children came back to school early in August, had their exams and the 1st semester complete by the holiday break, then…
    Terry Stoops, March 8, 2021
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    There is bipartisan support for calendar flexibility, so stop breaking the law

    In “Several School Systems Rebel Against NC Calendar Law By Opening Early,” Ann Doss Helms has the scoop. North Carolina’s school calendar law mandates that public schools open “no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26.” Yet public schools in Iredell County opened last week.  After…
    Terry Stoops, August 13, 2019
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    Calendar freedom!

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) would like to exempt, at minimum, nine schools from the state calendar law.  Unfortunately, state legislators do not support the idea of leaving school calendar decisions to local school boards.  I think they should. Certainly, I understand the concerns of those who favor a strong calendar…
    Terry Stoops, May 23, 2012
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    A victory for those who value local control

    State Administrative Law Judge Joe Webster ruled that Macon County Schools can start classes on August 4, as planned. As I described in a previous Locker Room post, the State Board of Education granted Macon County Schools a waiver to begin classes before August 25, the statutory school…
    Terry Stoops, July 26, 2011
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    Macon County calendar controversy

    The Franklin Press reports, The Macon County Board of Education passed a resolution at a special called meeting on Monday authorizing its lawyers to intervene in a petition filed by Highlands resident Sabrina Hawkins and the Save Our Summers-North Carolina group to prevent Macon County from beginning classes on…
    Terry Stoops, July 22, 2011