Measure Would Give Kentucky Students Longer Summer Breaks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An outcry from parents may force lawmakers to consider lengthening summer breaks for Kentucky students.

State Sen. Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, is pushing a measure that would bar classes from starting before late August - a mandate already in place in 11 other states.

Pendleton said the legislation faces an uncertain future in Kentucky where leading lawmakers have refused even to consider the measure in past years. They contend that local education officials, not lawmakers, should decide when to start classes.

"I've always been for local control, but from what parents are telling me they have no voice in what local officials are doing," Pendleton said.

Monica Froedge, spokeswoman for the group Save Kentucky Summers,
said children need longer summer breaks.

"They're not ready to go back to school" in early August, said Froedge, who has sons 12 and 14 in the Glasgow school district. "It's still brutally hot out. We don't want our kids in triple-digit temperatures on school buses."


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  • by Yust curious Location: KY on Feb 24, 2008 at 05:58 PM
    To Educated:I don't believe they are saying less education.. But getting it in a different time frame. To East Mom: Have you ever asked what kind of video's their watching. Many classes are using United Streaming.. Video's that pertain to class subjects. Just Curious. To WOW: I do believe Japan only lets their brightest attend their schools and most is geared to the medical field .. If we follow these foot steps some may be left out. How would your kids mesure up? Just curious.
  • by concerned parent Location: morgan on Feb 24, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    I think it is a great idea. I have said forever it is too hot in August to start school. We all know this is the hottest month in the summer. We will still get in the required days by removing fall break and most of the spring break. So no one is loosing any educational days, It is way to hot on the buses for the kids in the afternoon when there is no airconditioning, and humid. My kids come home on the bus exhausted from the heat. The kids should be the main priority here. It would also be great for vacationing in August, still plenty of fishing time left when you can get up early and spend most of the morning with your kids and still go home and get inside before it is so hot out. I hope it makes it this time
  • by Mark Location: London on Feb 23, 2008 at 06:26 PM
    #1 Bus too hot, #2 Football Fields too hot, #3 School districts could save money on cooling, #4 Students could have summer Jobs longer,#5 More tourist money for Kentucky, #6 Families would get a chance to spend more time together,#7 Teachers would have more time to take summer college courses, #8 Not enough time to get the schools repaired and cleaned for the next school year. It has never made any sense to start school before labor day.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Feb 23, 2008 at 05:05 PM
    More idiot parents tryin to baby their gorwn kids and make sure life is harder when they move out. DO some history reading and youll find summer vacation isnt! It was originally set up so farmers would have their kids to help them during the busiest part of teh season. After all no harvest ment no family in those days. So unless John, Jessica, and Amber are working the hay fields they need to have MORE school so that they might be able to read and possibly think for themselves one day. Btw Japan has school yearly and its a privledge that can be revoked. Here its mandatory and facists make money off eveyr kid for every day attended. Any wonder why we have so many drop outs and such a high teen pregnancy and dead beat dad not to meantion theft and drug problems?
  • by jeanette Location: knox on Feb 23, 2008 at 04:53 PM
    Ithink this is a very good ideal because i have a child who has asthma and cant get real hot and now when school resumes she will be on the bus for a real long period of time due to traveling to middle school 10 miles away from home as aposed to 1/2 mile like this year it is going to be extremely hard for her unless she has her neblizer on board the bus ...
  • by East Ky. Mom Location: Morehead on Feb 23, 2008 at 03:51 PM
    I agree! I went to school right after Labor Day and was out by Memorial Day. They are getting burned out!!! And.... I am tired of my high school student coming home and telling me they didn't do anything but watch movies!! If they have that kind of time (not just once or twice) but many times throughout the school year then they can shorten their time in school. Then the teachers wouldn't have to let them watch movies to pass the class time away!!
  • by CJ Location: Lexington on Feb 23, 2008 at 10:59 AM
    I hope they succeed in their efforts! Local school boards have implemented year round or "alternative" calendars for years without taking the parents' or students' concerns into consideration. I have witnessed this first hand behind closed doors! I challenge the school boards to come up with quantitative proof these calendar changes actually improved education retention - they won't provide it because it doesn't exist!
  • by Educated Location: Lexington on Feb 23, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    Wow. Are these people actually saying that less education time is better???

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