Stop school from starting in July ! Return Alabama to a Memorial Day to Labor Day Summer !

Stop school from starting in July ! Return Alabama to a Memorial Day to Labor Day Summer !

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Anna Katherine Pace started this petition to Alabama legislature

Alabama citizens currently if a school system wanted to they could begin classes in July or even go year round and just as they have started classes in Alabama now as early as August 1st when it used to be in September after Labor Day. When schools claim to want “local control” that is giving them the control to start in July or enact year round school if they so chose so maybe “local control” isn’t such a good idea after all given how they have started earlier every year and yet continue to perform among the lowest ranks in the country as compared to Virginia, Michigan and Missouri who have set later start date standards.

Would you like to see a return to longer traditional American Summers where families have time to be together and there is time for teenagers to hold a Summer job?  Traditional Summers defined as Memorial Day until Labor Day served us well and according to this Alabama Voters survey on Summers this is what Alabama voters would like to see a return to with 85% wanting longer Summers and 83% wanting school to start after Labor Day. 

This petition is only for supporting a normal and traditional Summer vacation starting Memorial Day and ending the day after Labor Day and in no way supports longer school days as has been pushed as complete misinformation and scare tactics by the school systems that seek to maintain control and start school earlier every year while continuing to still produce some of the lowest test scores in the country. 

Additional reasons to support this petition include that fact that schools want to start in July and August the hottest months of the year forcing students into hot busses and having to spend lots of additional taxpayer dollars on air conditioning the buildings during that time when they could easily return to normal Summers and save that money in August instead of spending it on high electric bills. Teenagers learning about personal responsibility and their first job over a Summer are able to gain those Life skills where when schools start earlier there is less time for those activities. Finally we are only able to have our children with us for a few short Summers before they are grown and so why not have time with them to be able to go on Summer vacations and spend time together creating memories more than the daily grind to get to school on time and do homework. 

Please consider signing this petition and sharing it to make sure that our schools are not allowed to start in July and to return to a traditional Summer of Memorial Day through Labor Day !

Further reading: https://www.imperfectparent.com/articles/school-starting-in-august/

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-set-later-start-date-schools#stream/0

https://www.wfae.org/post/several-school-systems-rebel-against-nc-calendar-law-opening-early#stream/0

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2019/08/13/is-your-kids-school-starting-earlier-and-earlier-yes-and-heres-why/

 

 

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