Florida House Wants to Let Districts Start School Earlier

Posted at 3:42 AM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-10 03:42:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is moving a bill that would let school districts begin the school year earlier.

A House committee on Monday voted for a wide-ranging bill that would place limits on the number of standardized tests that could be given in public schools.

The Florida Senate is considering a similar bill. But one major difference is that the House bill would let school start as early as Aug. 10. Currently districts can only start school two weeks before Labor Day.

State legislators put restrictions on the start date after parents complained about districts starting the school year in early August. Some parents contended districts pushed up the date to give students extra time before annual standardized tests.

Theme park operators also complained about early school start dates.