FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2001
AUSTIN, TX--A compromise School Calendar Bill drafted by state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville and Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo, passed today in the Senate Education Committee.
"This bill is a result of compromise language that Sen. Bivins, chair of the Education Committee, requested before he would schedule a hearing for the legislation," said Sen. Lucio. "Senate Bill 108, as substituted in the committee, is a step in the right direction to solving the problem of our excessively early school calendars."
Provisions in the bill include primarily that school may not begin instruction for students earlier than the week of August 21, with Sunday designated as the first day of the week. If the 21st falls on a Saturday, any day prior to Saturday could be chosen by a school board as the first day of school. As currently allowed by law, the school boards would choose the start date in each district based on this proposal.
"In response to continued support and pleas from the general public about our current school calendars that have crept into the first days of August and sometimes even the last days of July, I decided to file legislation that will return school calendars to a more sensible starting time," said Sen. Lucio.
The bill would be effective for the 2002-2003 school year.
Co-authors of the bill are state Senators Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio and Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock. The bill must now come before the full Senate for a vote.