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New bill could add more days for public schools in Alabama



ALABAMA (WHNT) — A new bill introduced earlier this month would potentially add additional education days for schools across the state.

House Bill 333 would establish Alabama’s Modified School Calendar Grant Program.

While the bill doesn’t require schools to change their schedules, House Representative Terri Collins said those who participate would be eligible for additional funding that would cover the extra instructional days.

“If you want to change your schedule to improve your students’ success, we’d like to offer you this bill that would allow you to do that and have a grant system that would help fund additional expenses,” Collins said.

Concerned about the loss of learning during the summer, Rep. Collins said the extra days could solve that problem.

“A more consistent school throughout the year while having breaks, that could potentially change her,” Collins said.

The bill would also ensure that students retain what they learned from the previous school year.

While striving to meet students’ educational needs is important to many, some parents like Jessica Cotton believe that enrolling their children in extra school days should be the parents’ choice.

“It would kind of relieve them of the learning loss that happens over the summer, but I would also like to make sure it was something the parents had decided to do, because it’s not possible. not be the right decision for everyone,” Cotton said.

The bill is currently in committee at the Alabama State House, but if passed, would be enacted by the start of the 2024-25 school year.


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