Sen. Sweeden’s bill could trigger later school date
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Published: 26-Jan-2010

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report

Senator Joe Sweeden has filed Senate Bill 1852, legislation designed to move the starting date for Oklahoma’s public schools to the last full week of August.
In a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK, Sweeden said the measure could yield important savings in the midst of the state’s budget crunch. “At a tme when scarce resources have resulted in furloughs and layoffs at a number of schools, it’s important that we consider common sense proposals like this. By moving back the start of the school year, we could limit the extraordinary cost of cooling schools through the first weeks of August. Additionally, the extreme heat places greater strain on students involved in outdoor extracurricular activities.”
The proposal from the Pawhuska Democrat would have no effect on the length of the school year. The semester break would still come at Christmas. Sweeden believes passage of SB 1852 would benefit state parks and tourism.
Sweeden commented, “Moving back the start of the school year gives us a chance to save money and boost sales taxes, making the proposal a win-win for the state. Other states have enacted similar legislation with favorable results. This proposal gives us a chance to act in the best interest of both the state and our students.”
Sweeden noted that in 2007, Texas enacted a similar law.

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