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Texas School Start Date Change?

Wichita Falls, TX - Texas students may be cracking their school books earlier this year if a bill filed by one lawmaker passes into law.

"I really don't care as long as my kids get the education they need,” said Marla Pigg, a parent.

Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, has proposed a new bill that would allow public school districts the option to change the start date for school. 

"I don't know its kind of a hard decision to make," said, a grandmother. 

Current state law states school districts cannot begin instruction for students for a school year before the fourth Monday in August. This new law would give school districts the ability to move school up by two weeks, allowing students to start school as earlier as the second Monday in August.

Rep. Leach says this law will give control of the school calendar back to local districts and the communities they serve. 

In a statement provided to Newschannel 6 Rep. Leach wrote, 

“HB 204 reestablishes local control in public education by providing school districts with more flexibility over their school calendar.  I strongly believe that decisions as such ought to be made at the local level with community input - not mandated by politicians and bureaucrats in Austin.”

However, some Texomans we talked with are not completely sold on the idea and like the old calendar year better.

“I like it just the way it is. I think we should go back to September 1st to May 29th. Leave it at that, but they've change that, too,” said one Texoman.

But Pigg thinks the dog days of summer could be better spend in the classroom.

“We really don't do anything spectacular anyway so if they go to school, go to school,” said Pigg. 

The bill has not yet made it to the floor for debate. If it does, it would then need two-thirds majority vote in both the house and senate.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6

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