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From the ECS State Policy Database
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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
MSSigned into law 03/2014P-12School Start Date
S.B. 2571
Section 9. Repeals the requirement that all public schools begin the school year on or after the third Monday in August.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2014/pdf/SB/2500-2599/SB2571SG.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 02/2013P-12Common Statewide Spring Break
H.B. 1134
Sets a common, statewide Spring Break holiday. Specifies holiday will begin on the 38th week of the school year.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2013/2013R/Bills/HB1134.pdf...

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IASigned into law 05/2012P-12School Instructional Time Task Force
S.F. 2284 - Division X
This section requires the director of the Department of Education to appoint members to a school instructional time task force. The task force is to review and submit findings and recommendations pertaining to school instructional time by October 15, 2012.
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LAAdopted 05/2012P-12Louisiana Seat Time Waiver
LAC 28:CXV.907 and 1103
Amends 907, "Secondary Class Times and Carnegie Credit," and 1103, "Compulsory Attendance" to accommodate the newly developed Louisiana Seat Time Waiver (LSTW). 907 permits districts to submit applications to the department of education for a waiver of the ...

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ORSigned into law 03/2012P-12Increased Learning Time
H.B. 4014
Provides that the public school system should provide and encourage increased learning time for increased instructional time, opportunities for students to participate in enrichment activities, and teacher collaboration and professional development. (sec. 16 #...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Exception to School Start Date
H.B. 1555
Permits a district to begin instruction before the fourth Monday of August at a single campus or at not more than 20% of campuses in the district if the district has an enrollment of 190,000 or more, provides with local funds additional days of instruction at ...

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NVSigned into law 06/2011P-12School Year
A.B. 117
Under existing law, each school district is required to schedule and provide annually a minimum of 180 days of school and a charter school is required to provide at least as many days of school as are required for other public schools in the school district in...

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TNSigned into law 06/2011P-12School Closures
S.B. 449
Prohibits charging a teacher with a day of leave for any day on which the teacher's school or school district is closed because of natural disaster, inclement weather, serious outbreak of contagious illness or other unexpected event.
http://state.tn.us/sos/ac...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011P-12Study Length of School Year
H.B. 765
Establishes a Blue Ribbon Task Force to study the length of the school year, cost of implementation, current cost of remediation, effects current calendar has of math and science scores. Provides that a report is due to the General Assembly by December 31, 201...

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HISigned into law 05/2011P-12Length of Instructional Year
H.B. 945
Excludes multi-track public schools from the 180-day school year requirement. Repeals provision requiring the 180-day instructional year to include 915 instructional hours for the elementary grades and 990 instructional hours for the secondary grades. Repeals ...

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GASigned into law 05/2011P-12Remediation
H.B. 192 - Remediation
Extends for 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years a provision waiving the state from specified reimbursement for additional days of instruction for low-performing students.
Page 8 of 11: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20112012/116810.pdf...

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GASigned into law 05/2011P-12Middle School Program
H.B. 192 - Middle School Program
Amends grade configurations and other criteria that qualify schools for participation in the middle school program. Repeals provision requiring minimum 5 hours of instruction in middle schools to include, for students not performing on grade level, remedial in...

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NHSigned into law 05/2011P-12Definition of Length of School Year
H.B. 112
Provides that the number of days in the school year may be defined by the department of education in rules which specify an equivalent number of hours.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2011/HB0112.html...

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NCSigned into law 05/2011P-12School Calendar
H.B. 197
Requires each board of education to adopt a school calendar with a minimum of either 180 days or 1,000 hours of instruction covering at least nine calendar months (previous law required a minimum of 180 days and 1,000 hours). Requires the local board to design...

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AZSigned into law 04/2011P-12School Calendar
S.B. 1256--School Calendar
Amends Arizona Revised Statute Section 15-802 to state that if a child attends a school that is operated on a year-round basis, the child shall regularly attend during school sessions that total not less than 180 days or 200 school days, as applicable, or the ...

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HISigned into law 04/2011P-12Exception to Single School Calendar for All Schools
S.B. 1171
Provides that the single school calendar for all public schools does not apply to schools designated by the board of education in furtherance of a plan to improve educational outcome in students. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/Bills/SB1171_.HTM...

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OHSigned into law 04/2011P-12Calamity Days
H.B. 36
To amend sections 3313.482, 3314.08, and 3317.01 of the Revised Code to excuse up to five, instead of three, calamity days for the 2010-2011 school year, to broaden schools' authority to make up calamity days by lengthening remaining days in the school year, t...

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NDSigned into law 04/2011P-12Emergency Closures
H.B. 1030
Provides that if a public school or district remains closed or provides less than a full day of instruction because of severe weather or other emergency conditions, the Governor may waive the rescheduling in whole or in part. Although the governor has been pro...

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MSSigned into law 03/2011P-12Veterans' Day
S.B. 2659
Directs public schools to conduct exercises in honor of Armistice Day (Veterans' Day).
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2011/pdf/SB/2600-2699/SB2659SG.pdf...

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KSSigned into law 03/2011P-12School for the Deaf and Blind
H.B. 2078
Allows the School for the Blind to conduct training programs year round. Current law does not prohibit the School for the Deaf from conducting training sessions at any time during the year.
http://kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/year1/measures/documents/hb2078_e...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011P-12Studying Extended School Year
S.B. 711
Directs the interim Senate Committee on Education and the interim House Committee on Education to jointly study issues relevant to the adoption of an extended school year and report the committees' findings to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Sp...

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KYSigned into law 03/2011P-12Lost Instructional Days
H.B. 427 - Lost Instructional Days
Section 2: Permits the commissioner of education to grant up to the equivalent of 10 instructional days for school years 2010-11 and 2011-12 for districts that have missed an average of 20 or more days in the previous three years and use alternative methods of...

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VASigned into law 03/2011P-12"Good Cause" Waiver from post-Labor Day Opening
H.B. 1483
Adds to the ''good cause" circumstances for which school divisions may be granted a waiver from the post-Labor Day school opening schedule a school division that is entirely surrounded by a school division that has an opening date prior to Labor Day in the sch...

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MSSigned into law 02/2011P-12Exemption from Minimum School Calendar
H.B. 1156
Exempts certain school districts from the requirement to operate schools for the minimum of 180 days in the event of extreme weather conditions. Allows affected districts to receive per-pupil expenditure payments from the state department of education for up t...

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VAIssued 02/2011P-12Efficacy of Year-Round Schools
H.J.R. 646
Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the efficacy of year-round schools, specifically reviewing: (i) the Board of Education's procedure for approving year-round schools; (ii) which school divisions have implemented year-round scho...

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ARSigned into law 02/2011P-12Scheduling First Day of School
H.B. 1099
Allows districts flexibility in establishing first day of school, to be on or after the Monday of the 24 week in which August 19 falls; (ii) Not earlier than August 14; and (iii) no Not later than August 26.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/2011R/Bi...

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ARSigned into law 02/2011P-12Common Spring Break
H.B. 1224
Extends through the 2013 school year the term and duties of the advisory committe on common spring break.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/2011R/Bills/HB1224.pdf...

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HISigned into law 05/2010P-12Restoring Instructional Days for 2010-11 School Year
S.B. 2124
Appropriates Hawaii hurricane relief fund moneys to make funds available to restore instructional days for the 2010-11 school year if an agreement or agreements to restore instructional days are negotiated pursuant to the collective bargaining process. http://...

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AZSigned into law 05/2010P-12
Postsec.
Miscellaneous
H.B. 2725--Multiple Provisions
Exempts private schools approved by the department of education's division of special education prescribed in the pupil's individualized education program from rules adopted by the state board of education prior to 11/24/09.
Changes the office of the county sc...

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MDSigned into law 04/2010P-12Race to the Top Legislation - Innovative School Scheduling Models
H.B. 439
Requires the state board of education to explore the use of innovative school scheduling models, including extended year, year-round schooling, or other school scheduling models that do not allow for prolonged lapses in instructional time, in low-performing or...

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TNSigned into law 03/2010P-12Instructional Time Adjustments
S.B. 3031
As enacted, allows local education agencies greater flexibility in extending the school day in order to offset days used for professional development or weather-related closings.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Bill/SB3031.pdf...

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CAEmergency Rule Adoption 03/2010P-12Reducing Instructional Days without Incurring Penalties
Title 5 CCR Sections 19824, 19851, 19854
Amends three sections of the audit guide to bring the regulations into conformance with legislation enacted effective July 28, 2009 (Assembly Bill 2 of the 2009-10 Fourth Extraordinary Session (ABX4 2), Chapter 2, Statutes 2009). Legislation, which is applicab...

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Vetoed 03/2010P-12County School Calendar Committee
H.B. 4652
Requires each county superintendent to create a county school calendar committee to develop multiple school calendar options for presentation to all employees for vote; requires the generation of new calendar options if the county board or state board rejects ...

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VASigned into law 03/2010P-12Waiving Post Labor Day Start Requirement
H.B. 557/S.B.253
Provides that a requirement that the school calendar begin after Labor Day may be waived by the Board of Education, provided the school board certifies that it meets one of the good cause requirements in current law.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe...

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MESigned into law 03/2010P-12Draft Model Academic Year Calendars
H.B. 1100
Establishes a working group of K-12 school officials, primarily superintendents and career and technical education directors, to prepare draft model academic year calendars that account for regional differences within the state to be submitted to the joint sta...

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VASigned into law 02/2010P-12School Start Date
S.B. 253/H.B. 557
Relates to opening of the school year; provides that the requirement that the school calendar begin after Labor Day may be waived by the Board of Education, provided the school board certifies that it meets one of the good cause requirements in current law.
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WVSigned into law 02/2010P-12School Calendar/Guarantee 180 Days of Instruction
H.B. 4040
Requires county boards to adopt contingency plans designed to guarantee one hundred eighty separate days of instruction for students and to select beginning and ending dates of the school calendar. http://www.legis.state.wv.us/bill_status/bills_text.cfm?billdo...

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CASigned into law 10/2009P-12Harvey Milk Day
S.B. 572
Provides that the Governor proclaims May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day and would designate that date as having special significance in public schools and educational institutions and would encourage those entities to conduct suitable commemorative exercis...

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WARule Adoption 09/2009P-12Learning Improvement
WAC 392-140-950, -956, -961, -962
Reduces the number of state-funded learning improvement days from two to one for the 2009-10 school year and thereafter. Makes housekeeping changes by adding program 34, middle school career and technical education - state, to the programs where funding for le...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Holidays, Inservice and Parent-Teacher Conference Days
S.B. 1956
Amends provisions concerning average daily attendance under the state aid formula. Makes changes with respect to days that are used for an in-service training program for teachers and parent-teacher conferences. Authorizes a school board to hold school or sche...

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ILSigned into law 07/2009P-12
Postsec.
Moment of Silence on Veterans' Day
H.B. 972
Provides that if a public school, university, or community college holds any type of event at the institution on November 11, Veterans' Day, the governing board of the school or institution must require a moment of silence at that event to recognize Veterans' ...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12School Funding Advisory Council
H.B. 1 - Section 3306.29, 3306.291 and 3306.292
Section 3306.29: Establishes the Ohio school funding advisory council. Directs the council, by December 1, 2010 and every other year thereafter, to provide recommendations to the state board, the general assembly and the public for revisions to the adequacy co...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Flexible School Day Program Courses
H.B. 1297
Relates to optional flexible school day program courses offered by school districts to enable students to earn course credit under certain circumstances. Eliminates requirement that flexible school day program courses be limited to students in grades 9-12. All...

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MOSigned into law 06/2009P-12School term
S.B. 291- School Flex Program Attendance
Allows a school term for students participating in a school flex program as established in section 160.539 to consist of a combination of actual pupil attendance and attendance
at college or technical career education or approved employment aligned with the s...

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MOSigned into law 06/2009P-12Minimum Length of School Days/Year
S.B. 291 - School Calendar
Defines "school term" as a minimum of 174 school days for schools with a 5-day school week or a minimum of 142 school days, as that term
35 is defined in section 160.041, for schools with a four-day school week. 160.041 defines the "minimum school day" as thre...

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TNSigned into law 05/2009P-12Waivers for Makeup Days
S.B. 899
Provides that in the event of a natural disaster or serious outbreak of illness affective or endangering students or staff during a school year, the Commissioner of Education may waive for such school year the requirement for 180 days of classroom instruction,...

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MOSigned into law 05/2009P-12Inclement Weather Days
H.B. 682
Modifies the number of school days to be made up due to inclement weather.
http://www.house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills091/bills/hb682.htm...

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MESigned into law 05/2009P-12Annual School Calendar
S.B. 86
Directs the Department of Education to provide by rule for a school calendar that is based upon a minimum annual number of hours that is equivalent to the current 180-day school calendar, or for an equivalent amount of hours annually in accordance with rules a...

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GASigned into law 05/2009P-12Authorization of Four-Day School Week
H.B. 193
Allows districts to provide the equivalent of a 180-day school year. Provides that beginning in the 2010-11 school year, schools may be closed on November 11 to allow students and staff to participate in Veterans Day programs. Revises reference to means of cal...

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NDSigned into law 05/2009P-12Instructional Days
H.B. 1400 - Calendar Section
For 2009-10, requries 180 days in the calendar, with 173 days used for instruction. Three must be used for holidays; up to two must be used for parent-teacher conferences or compensatory time for conferences held outside school day; and two days must be used f...

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OKAdopted 05/2009P-12Component of the Six-Year Plan
OAC 210:15-8-3
Requires all schools to complete the self-examination on their use of school time and assess the amount of time spent on quality instructional time. OKLAHOMA 15352...

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OKSigned into law 04/2009P-12Length of the School Year
H.B. 1864
Changes length of the school year from 180 days to 1,080 hours each school year. Limits professional activities to no more than 30 hours each school year. If authorized, parent-teacher conferences may count as instructional time. Authorizes districts to establ...

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ARSigned into law 04/2009P-12Make Up Days
S.B. 814
Relates to inclusion of five make-up days for days lost due to exceptional or emergency circumstances in each school district's academic calendar, parent- teacher conferences, employment contracts of certified school personnel, borrowing and bond issuance, Sma...

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NMSigned into law 04/2009P-12Clarifies Length of School Day
H.B. 691
Clarifies the school year and length of school day. Kindergarten, for half-day programs, two and one-half hours per day or, for full-day programs, five and one-half hours per day. Grades one through six, five and one-half hours per day; and grades seven throug...

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ARTo governor 03/2009P-12Veteran's Day
H.C.R. 1017
Encourages Schools to raise awareness of the sacrifices that veterans have made for our country by having a school assembly to commemorate veterans day around the time of the veterans day holiday.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Bills/HCR1017.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 03/2009P-12Common Spring Break Within Districts
S.B. 226
Establishes a common spring break for all state public schools in each school district.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Bills/SB226.pdf...

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KYAdopted 01/2009P-12Approval of Innovative Alternative School Calendars
702 KAR 7:130
Specifies that the commissioner of education will approve a district's request for approval of an innovative alternative school calendar provided it meets criteria established in rules and is designed to improve teaching and learning in the district. http://ww...

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CAVetoed 09/2008P-12After school programs
A.B. 1526
Repeals a provision of the After School Education and Safety Program Act of 2002 that makes a continuous annual appropriation to the Department of Education for purposes of the Program. Authorizes the Legislature to amend any provision of the act by a statute ...

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CASigned into law 09/2008P-12Year-Round School Grant Program
S.B. 658
Provides for the phase out of the Year-Round School Grant Program by reducing the grant amounts each fiscal year until a specified fiscal year. Prohibits the approval of new grants. Requires the funds for the grant program be augmented in the annual Budget Act...

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ILSigned into law 08/2008P-12Weather-related and Other School Closures
H.B. 4309
Provides that if, during any school day, a school district closes one or more school buildings due to a condition beyond the control of the district prior to
providing any instruction, then that day may be counted as a full day of attendance for a maximum of t...

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CAVetoed 07/2008P-12After school program
A.B. 2843
Relates to the After School Education and Safety Program Act which requires that each component of a program established pursuant to the act include an educational enrichment element that may include fine arts, career technical education, recreation, physical ...

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OKAdopted 07/2008P-12SIX-YEAR COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL EDUCATION PLAN
OAC 210:15-8-3
Proposes rules to require all schools to complete the self-examination on their use of school time and to assess the amount of time spent on quality instructional time. ...

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KYAdopted 06/2008P-12Approval of Innovative Alternative School Calendars
702 KAR 7:130
Establishes uniform procedures for approval of innovative alternative school calendars. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/702/007/130reg.htm...

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WVAdopted 06/2008P-12Changes to Policy 2510
Title 126, Series 42
From the introduction to the adopted rules:
"Revisions were needed in Policy 2510 to allow local school districts greater flexibility in the implementation of the rigorous academic standards and high quality programs that characterize West Virginia's 21st cen...

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ALAdopted 05/2008P-12Graduation Requirements and Other Changes
290-3-1-.02
Increases the minimum number of teaching days in the school year from 175 to 180 (in compliance with 2003 S.B. 4). Permits secondary school students (in both summer school and regular school year) to demonstrate mastery of Alabama course of study content stand...

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OKAdopted 05/2008P-12Parent-Teacher Conference Days
OAC 210:10-1-5
Amends rules to clarify and limit the number of parent-teacher conference days that can be counted for attendance purposes as regular school days. OKLAHOMA 15273...

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OHSigned into law 12/2007P-12Penalty for Inducing Panic; Calamity Days
H.B. 142
Increases the penalty for inducing panic to a felony of the second degree when a school or an institution of higher education is involved; permits school districts to make up calamity days caused other than by a bomb threat in excess of the total number of day...

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CAVetoed 09/2007P-12Facilities
S.B. 121
Requires an applicant school district for new construction to submit to the State Allocation Board a one-time report of existing school building capacity. Requires the maximum school building capacity for each school district applying for new construction fund...

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TNSigned into law 06/2007P-12Special Committee to Study the Calendar
H.J.R. 147
Creates special committee to study traditional school calendar. Expires February 1, 2008.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/Fiscal/HJR0147.pdf...

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NHSigned into law 06/2007P-12School Year
H.B. 126
Revises the definitions of standard school, elementary school, high school, and the number of days of school.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2007/HB0126.html...

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VTSigned into law 06/2007P-12Uniform Statewide School Calendar
H.B. 15
Directs the commissioner of education to announce a uniform statewide school calendar each year. Creates a "calendar committee" to develop a uniform statewide school calendar and sets membership: (1) The commissioner of education, or the commissioner's design...

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WAAdopted 06/2007P-12School Closures & Emergency Proclamations
WAC 392-129-105
Emergency rule concerning school closures during states of emergency; indicates that when a school district is closed in a county in which a state of emergency has been declared by the governor, the superintendent may consider school district applications to h...

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NVSigned into law 05/2007P-12Alternative Schedules
S.B. 151
Expands the circumstances under which a school district in a county whose population is 100,000 or more may apply for an alternative schedule to include an alternative schedule that is designed solely for the purpose of providing professional development for e...

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MISigned into law 12/2006P-12Instructional Hours Requirement
S.B. 95
Revises the requirement for instructional hours in school code to conform to school aid act. The bill would delete provisions in the Revised School Code regarding the minimum required number of hours of pupil instruction and instead require that school distric...

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OHSigned into law 12/2006P-12Length of the School Year
S.B. 311 -- Sec. 3313.48
Changes school year from not less than 182 days to 455 hours (for half-day kindergarten; 910 hours for full-day kindergarten); 910 hours for pupils in grades one through six; and 1001 hours for pupils in grades seven through twelve. Ten hours in K-6 and 11 hou...

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TXAdopted 08/2006P-12Optional Extended Year Program
19 TAC 2.105.AA.105.1001
Amends rules relating to the optional extended year program for students in kindergarten through grade eleven who are identified as likely not to be promoted to the next grade level for the succeeding school year. TEXAS 9885
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/rules/ta...

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SDActive 05/2006P-12Start of School Year Date Restrictions
Measure 3 (V. 6)
(Initiated Measure 3) Restricts the start of a regular school term prior to the last day of August. On 11/07/2006 Ballot.

http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/upcomingelection_ballotquestionstatus.shtm...

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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12Start of School Year
H.B. 7087 (Section 11)
Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, the opening date for schools in Florida districts may not be earlier than 14 days before Labor Day each year.
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h7087er.doc&DocumentType=Bill&BillN...

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WIVetoed 04/2006P-12Minimum Hours in School Year
A.B. 84
Eliminates provision that school year include 180 school days. Replaces with provisions defining school year as minimum hours of instruction. Provides that scheduled hours in the school year may include no more than 35 hours on Saturdays. http://www.legis.st...

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SCSigned into law 04/2006P-12School Calendar
H.B. 4429
Adds new Section 59-1-425. Authorizes local boards to establish an annual school calendar. The statutory school term is one hundred ninety days annually and must consist of a minimum of one hundred eighty days of instruction covering at least nine calendar ...

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WISigned into law 03/2006P-12Reporting of Hours of Direct Pupil Instruction
Act No. 252
Current law requires at least 437 hours of direct pupil instruction in kindergarten, at least 1,050 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 1 to 6, and at least 1,137 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 7 to 12. Each school board is required to sub...

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VASigned into law 03/2006P-12Reduced Aid for Reduced Days
S.B. 66, H.B. 349
Relates to reduction of state aid when the length of the school term is below 180 days or 990 hours; provides for a declared state of emergency; relates to calendars and teaching contracts. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?061+ful+CHAP0026, http://l...

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LASigned into law 11/2005P-12Minimum School Year
H.B. 21A
Exempts schools from minimum 180-day school year for the 2005-2006 school year. Authorizes the state board of education to adopt rules for the 2005-2006 school year related to the minimum session required of any institution in order to be classified as a scho...

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LASigned into law 11/2005P-12Minimum Instructional Time
H.B. 33A
Waives minimum instructional time requirements in the 2005-2006 school year for any city, parish, or other local public school or district that cannot meet the minimum requirements due to school closure for reasons of natural catastrophe or disaster as certifi...

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FLAdopted 11/2005P-12
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Community College
Required Annual Calendar for Schools and Colleges
FAC 6A-10.019
Each district school board, each community college district board of trustees, and each university board of trustees must adopt an annual calendar prior to the beginning of each fiscal year that will be observed by all schools or post high school educational i...

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RIAdopted 09/2005P-12Length of the School Day
Sections 1 to 7
Establishes rules governing the length of the school day. Outlines requirements, and compliance for the length of elementary and secondary school day. RHODE ISLAND REG 2451 (SN)...

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CASigned into law 08/2005Postsec.Observance of Veterans Day for California State University
A.B. 720
An act to add Section 89005.7 to the Education Code, relating to the California State University. Requires every campus of the California State University to observe November 11 as a holiday by closing on that day. Also requires the university to observe the f...

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TNSigned into law 06/2005P-12Study of Start/End School Year Dates
S.B. 516
Requires the select oversight committee on education to examine and study the dates for starting and ending the school year in public schools in Tennessee. http://tennessee.gov/sos/acts/104/pub/pc0454.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 06/2005P-12Athletic Competitions That Impact Testing Dates
S.B. 658
From bill analysis: Prohibits University Interscholastic League (UIL) area, regional, or state competitions from being held the week of, or prior to, TAKS testing. It also requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide UIL a calendar of expected testing...

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NCSigned into law 05/2005P-12AN ACT to give FLEXIBILITY to make up instructional days missed during the 2004‑2005 school year
H.B. 415
If, due to inclement weather, a local board of education complies with this subdivision by scheduling 1,000 hours of instruction on less than 180 days, the local school administrative unit is deemed to have a minimum of 180 days of instruction, teachers employ...

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WVSigned into law 05/2005P-12Instructional Support and Enhancement
S.B. 94
Senate Bill 94 eliminates a requirement that activities on instructional support and enhancement (ISE) days be scheduled in a certain order. Before this bill passed, activities on ISE days had to designate two hours for instructional activities for students, t...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12
S.B. 1044 (sections 14-15)
Repeals provision that notation must be made on a student's transcript to indicate each special education class included on the transcript.

Establishes that school day must consist of at least rather than fewer than six hours of instructional time.

Allows a...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12Elections
S.B. 7
Includes the day of primary elections as a day in which schools are closed. http://lrc.ky.gov/RECORD/05RS/SB7.htm...

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MTSigned into law 03/2005P-12Flexibility In School Calendar
S.B. 170
Relates to Flexibility in school calendar and PIRD.

http://data.opi.state.mt.us/bills/2005/billhtml/SB0170.htm...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12Legislative Task Force
H.C.R. 55
Creates a legislative task force to examine the effect of school calendars on Kentucky's tourism industry and the potential effect that changes in school calendars may have on Kentucky's educational system. Establishes task force membership. Requires the task ...

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NDSigned into law 03/2005P-12Instructional School Day Reconfiguration
S.B. 2066
Relates to reconfiguration of instructional days by school districts.
http://www.state.nd.us/lr/assembly/59-2005/bill-text/FAIM0300.pdf...

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NVSigned into law 03/2005P-12Scheduling contingent school days
S.B. 202
This bill provides a school district with various methods for scheduling the
contingent school days. The school district may schedule the 3 contingent school
days as full school days, an equivalent number of minutes of instruction added to
any school day or an...

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NVTemporary Rule Adoption 10/2004P-12School Calendar
NAC 387.120, .140
Relates to school calendars.NEVADA REG 3637 (SN)

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/nac/nac%2D387.html#NAC387Sec120 ...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Kindergarten Scheduling
A.B. 2407
Authorizes a school district that is implementing an early primary program to maintain kindergarten classes at different school sites within the district for different lengths of time during the school day. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_2401-2450/a...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Concept 6 Program
A.B. 1550
Commencing with the 2004-05 school year, bars a school district from operating a Concept 6 program unless the district operated such program continuously since the 2003-04 school year. Defines a Concept 6 program as one in which a district operates on a 3-trac...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12School Districts: Four-Day School Week
S.B. 1138
Authorizes specified school districts to operate one or more schools in their districts on a 4-day school week, so long as the school district complies with specified requirements. Revokes the authority of a school added by the bill to operate a 4-day school w...

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NCSigned into law 08/2004P-12School Calendar and Teacher Workdays
H.B. 1464
Reduces the number of noninstructional teacher workdays by five; provides that public schools shall open after august 25 and close not after june 10, except in unusual circumstances or in year-round schools; provide that salaries not decrease as a result of th...

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CAVetoed 07/2004P-12School Districts: Four-Day School Week
S.B. 1142
Deletes the reduction in base revenue limit funding that results to certain school districts for offering less than 180 days of instruction. Conditions the entitlement to the same support from the State School Fund due to the average daily attendance on the di...

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DESigned into law 07/2004P-12Legal Holidays
S.B. 186
Clarifies that Veteran's Day is intended to be a legal holiday for students and employees of public schools. http://www.legis.state.de.us/LIS/LIS142.NSF/vwLegislation/SB+186/$file/1901420147.doc/?openelement...

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AKSigned into law 06/2004P-12Required Number of Instruction Days or Hours
S.B. 239
Relates to the number of instruction days or hours in a school year; provides exceptions to the mandatory school year. http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill_text.asp?hsid=SB0239Z&session=23...

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CTSigned into law 05/2004P-12School Construction Funding and Graduation Dates
S.B. 343
Provides that if a town, whose school district is the priority district with the largest student enrollment, uses federal funds to finance school construction projects, such funds shall be deemed to be part of the town's local share for such projects; provides...

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WISigned into law 04/2004P-12Special Observance Days and Schools
S.B. 526
Relates to special observance days and schools; adds March 17th to the list of special days for the The Great Hunger in Ireland from 1845 to 1850....

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MESigned into law 04/2004P-12Summer Employment for Youth
H.P. 1446
Requires school administrative units to develop and approve plans for a regional school calendar in its career and technical center and school administrative units to develop a regional school calendar that aligns with school calendars of career and technical ...

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KYSigned into law 04/2004P-12Completion of Contract/Accrual of Service Credit During Emergency Days
S.B. 28
Requires school districts that missed school days due to emergencies, including weather-related emergencies, to consider certified and classified personnel to have met the 185-day minimum contract with the district, for purposes of service credit for retiremen...

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UTSigned into law 03/2004P-12School Professional development Days
H.B. 100
This bill: creates a pilot program to evaluate the effects on student academic achievement of reducing the minimum school term established by the state board by up to 22 hours for the purpose of conducting professional development for instructional staff; requ...

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GAAdopted 11/2003P-12Instructional Extension
GAC 160-4-2-.14
Clarifies rules regarding instructional extension, a state-funded instructional program beyond the regular school day to address the academic needs of low-performing students. Allows local school systems to spend up to 15 percent of the designated funds on tra...

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CASigned into law 09/2003P-12Year-Round Scheduling
A.B. 560
Conditions the authority to operate a school program of year-round scheduling on the governing board of the school district adopting a resolution at a regularly scheduled board meeting certifying that the number of annual instructional minutes is not less than...

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MISigned into law 08/2003P-12Reduction in Minimum Instructional Year in Hours
H.B. 4401 (multiple provisions)
Establishes minimum number of annual instructional time for full state funding as 1,098 hours. (Previous state law, statute 380.1284, established that the minimum instructional year in hours for 2003-04 school year was 1,122, with incremental increases in suc...

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CASigned into law 07/2003P-12Vocational Education
A.B. 774
Existing law requires the minimum day in specified vocational education programs to consist of 4 periods totaling at least 180
minutes in duration. This bill would additionally provide that for a pupil who attends a school, as specified, in which the regularly...

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LASigned into law 07/2003P-12Requirements for Instructional Time for Schools
H.B. 457
Specifies that for the 2002-03 school year and thereafter, the requirements governing the minimum length of the school day and year do not apply to any district or school that was unable to meet minimum instructional time requirements due to school closure wit...

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MIVetoed 06/2003P-12Minimum School Year in Hours and 4-Day School Week
S.B. 364
For purposes of eligibility to receive state aid, changes minimum day requirements to minimum hour requirements, thus requiring each district to provide at least 1,098 hours of pupil instruction per school year. Specifies that before a district changes its sch...

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MOSigned into law 06/2003P-12School Year Start Date
S.B. 686 ( 171.031)
Eliminates provision requiring first day of school to be on September 1 or later. http://www.senate.mo.gov/03INFO/bills/SB686.htm...

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AZLine item vetoed 06/2003P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Budget Reconciliation Education
H.B. 2534
Creates budget reconciliation for education and includes the following provisions: Prohibits the State Board of Education from sponsoring additional charter schools in FY 2003-04, and requires the State Board for Charter Schools to provide oversight for existi...

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ALSigned into law 06/2003P-12Foundation Program
S.B. 4
Foundation Program revised: minimum school days increased to 180 days by 2008, allocation for professional days and leave, additional instructional support allowance, average daily membership based on first 20 school days after Labor Day, pupil-teacher ratios ...

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NCSigned into law 05/2003P-12Veterans Day
H.B. 421
Makes veterans day a holiday for school personnel....

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GASigned into law 05/2003P-12Assessment, Maximum Class size, Instruction, Revenue
S.B. 249
Revises provisions relating to payment of fees for advanced placement tests; revises provision relating to the release of certain test questions; deletes provision that students with alternate assessments shall not count for accountability purposes; changes pr...

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AREmergency Rule Adoption 04/2003P-12Instruction time and school calendar
Uncodified
Amends required time for instruction and school calendar; establishes emergency rules regarding the amendment to Standards of Accreditation. ARKANSAS REG 3455 (SN)...

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MSSigned into law 04/2003P-12School Calendar Requirements
S.B. 2404
Exempts schools from the required 180-day minimum school calendar for time missed due to emergencies; continues to pay school districts full allotments.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2003/html/SB/2400-2499/SB2404SG.htm...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Additional Time for Instruction
H.B. 2655
Provides teachers with additional time for instructional purposes. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2655.pdf...

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AREmergency Rule Adoption 04/2003P-12Emergency Amendment to Standards of Accreditation
ADE 153
Allow the Arkansas State Board of Education to waive the minimum of 178 days required in the Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools for the purposes of professional development or natural necessity due to inclement weather, fire, natural disast...

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MOSigned into law 04/2003P-12Inclement Weather Exceptions for School Attendance
H.B. 554
Allows a district to be exempt in the 2002-03 school year from the requirement to make up school days canceled due to inclement weather after November 20, 2002, in the school district. Waives the requirement to make up two-thirds of the missed days in the 2003...

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OKSigned into law 04/2003P-12School Day Requirement
S.B. 289
Applies the 6-hour school day requirement to first grade. (Section 1-111. A. A school day shall consist of not less than six (6) hours devoted to school activities, except that a school day for nursery, early childhood education, kindergarten, extended day ...

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NMSigned into law 03/2003P-12Home Visits and Conferences
H.B. 68
Provides time for home visits and parent-teacher conferences in kindergarten through grade five....

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VASigned into law 03/2003P-12Four Day School Week
H.B. 2806
Authorizes a school board to approve a four-day school week under certain conditions, so long as a minimum of 990 hours of instructional time is provided for grades one through 12 and 540 hours for kindergarten. No alternative plan that reduces the instruction...

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KYSigned into law 03/2003P-12School Make-Up Days
S.B. 132
Allows the state commissioner of education to approve five disaster days for a school district that was closed at least ten days due to disastrous weather conditions during the 2002-03 academic year. Certified staff are required to report to work and engage i...

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NJSigned into law 02/2003P-12School Budget and Election Calendar Change
S.B. 861
Authorizes the Commissioner of Education to change any date in the school budget and election calendar due to a conflict with a day of religious observance....

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MTSigned into law 02/2003P-12School on Saturdays in Emergencies
H.B. 78
Transfers the authority for approving the conduct of school on Saturday in the case of an emergency from the Superintendent of Public Instruction to the school district trustees. http://data.opi.state.mt.us/bills/2003/billhtml/HB0078.htm...

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NESigned into law 01/2003P-12Education
L.B. 67
One provision allows the state board to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to define school day and other appropriate units of the school calendar (previously was "shall adopt")....

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SCAdopted 12/2002P-12Uniform Start Dates
43-142
Establishes a 10-day window in late August and early September during which all South Carolina public schools would have to open. Schools would have to begin no earlier than the last Monday before Labor Day and no later than the Wednesday after Labor Day. Sc...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Waivers for Penalties
A.B. 1227
Relates to existing law which authorizes the Board of Education to waive the fiscal penalties for a school district or county board of education that fails to maintain the prescribed minimum length of time for the instructional school year, minimum number of i...

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CAVetoed 09/2002P-12Length of School Year
A.B. 2027
Continues to allow school districts to operate a program of multitrack year-around scheduling for as few as 163 days in each fiscal year only until July 1, 2008....

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ILSigned into law 07/2002P-12Year-Round School Aid
S.B. 1524
Amends the State aid formula provisions of the School Code. Provides that in districts in which all buildings hold year-round classes, days of attendance in July and August shall be added to the month of September and any days of attendance in June shall be ad...

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CASigned into law 06/2002P-12Supplemental Instruction in Fresno Unified School District
A.B. 1285
Allows Fresno Unified School District to apply for a waiver from certain regulations so as to allow the district to use designated funds for pupils at Cooper Middle School performing below basic or far below basic in math and reading on the California Standard...

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AZSigned into law 05/2002P-12Minimum Instructional Hours Per School Year
H.B. 2484
Requires school districts and charter school operating on approved alternative calendars to comply with annual hours of instruction requirements; permits counting pupils as having attended full-time in any week for which the pupil was enrolled in and physicall...

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ALSigned into law 04/2002P-12Memorial Day
H.B. 24
Requires K-12 public schools and public 2-year postsecondary institutions to be closed on Memorial Day. http://alisdb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/searchableinstruments/2002rs/bills/hb24.htm...

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KYSigned into law 04/2002P-12Election Officers and Excused Absence for Election Day Served
H.B. 251
Provides that minors who are seventeen years old and who will become eighteen years old on or before the day of the regular election may serve as an election officer for the primary and general election in which he or she is qualified to vote; provides that st...

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KYSigned into law 04/2002P-12School Closings for Primary Elections
H.B. 529
Permits school closings for primary elections....

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KYSigned into law 03/2002P-12Excused Absence for Participation in Burial Honor Guard Program
H.B. 231
Establishes a burial honor guard program for veteran's funerals; establishes the veterans' service organization burial honor guard trust fund to offset costs; authorizes local school boards to provide academic credit and excused absences for secondary students...

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MISigned into law 11/2001P-12Prohibition Against Schools Being in Session on Friday Before Labor Day
H.B. 4491
Public Act 167., Provides that the board of a school district, local art school district, public school academy or intermediate school district shall ensure that the district's schools are not in session on the Friday before Labor Day, unless a local collectiv...

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CASigned into law 07/2001P-12Kindergarten Students in a Year-Round School
A.B. 764
Authorizes a pupil in a kindergarten in a school operating on a program of multitrack year-round scheduling to be kept in school on any day for 265 minutes of instruction, exclusive of recesses....

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LASigned into law 06/2001P-12Increase of Minimum Instructional Days
H.B. 458
, Increase the minimum number of instructional school days per school year in public elementary and secondary schools form 175 to 177....

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LASigned into law 06/2001P-12Requirement for Make-Up Days Due to Employees Failing to Appear for Work
S.B. 702
, Requires make-up days when school board closes school as the result of school employees threatening or failing to appear for work....

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MOSigned into law 05/2001P-12Designation of Lifelong Learning Month
S.B. 201
Requires the Governor to annually proclaim February lifelong learning month; recommends that the month be observed with appropriate activities in the public schools....

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Starting, Ending Dates
S.B. 108
A school district may not begin instruction for students for a school year before the week in which August 21 falls. Sunday is considered the first day of the week....

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MESigned into law 05/2001P-12Veterans' Week Observation
S.B. 277
Public Law No. 100., 96 (LD 988) Provides for the observance of Veterans' Week each year in each political subdivision, school system and school administrative district in the State....

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KYSigned into law 05/2001P-12School Calendar Requirements
S.B. 108
Requires that school districts adopt a school calendar designating opening and closing dates and instructional days and permitting the scheduling of school breaks outside of the minimum school term; requires that schools allow teacher delegates to attend state...

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NMVetoed 04/2001P-12Omnibus Bill--Lengthens School Year
S.B. 308
Section 30, requires that by 2001-2002 budgets reflect a school year of at least 190 days. 180 days are for instruction and ten days are for teachers' professional development, provided that there is legislative appropriation to implement this requirement....

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MDSigned into law 04/2001P-12Summer education program
H.B. 53
Establishing the Maryland Educational Opportunity Summer Pilot Program; authorizing a county board of education to develop a proposal for educational curriculum and activities during the summer; requiring the State Board of Education to review a proposal and a...

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NMSigned into law 04/2001P-12Flexible Calendars
H.B. 35
Provides for all school districts to implement flexible school calendars....

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SCSigned into law 08/2000P-12Alternative Certification, Adds Days to the School Year, Teacher Evaluation
S.B. 1111
Adds 3 days for the next 2 school years and 2 more days for all school years thereafter; provides that the State Board of Education shall review and make necessary revisions to criteria for requesting out-of-field teacher permits; provides that the Board shall...

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CASigned into law 07/2000P-12Possible Change In the School Calendar
A.B. 2162
Adjusts the prescribed dates, and would provide that the school action plan pursuant to the Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program may propose to increase the number of instructional days and may propose to increase up to a full 12 months the a...

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MNSigned by governor 05/2000P-12School Year Start Date
H.B. 3800
For the 2000-2001 year only, a school district must not begin the elementary or secondary school year prior to Labor Day. However, a district may begin the school year on another date if necessary to accommodate a major school construction or remodeling projec...

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OKSigned into law 05/2000P-12
Postsec.
Coordinates Spring Breaks
H.B. 2728 (Omnibus Bill)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Director of the State Department of Vocational and Technical Education, and the Chancellor for Higher Education shall coordinate spring break dates for the public schools, area vocational-technical schools, and i...

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IDSigned into law 04/2000P-12School Recess
H.B. 636
Amends existing law to delete noninstructional from recess time as it relates to the option of a local school board or trustees to approve a reduction in annual instructional hour requirements as allowed by law; maintains the restriction that recess time shall...

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MDVetoed 03/2000P-12President's Day
H.B. 415, SB 648
Establishes President's Day as a public school holiday in the State....

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SDSigned into law 03/2000P-12School Calendar
S.B. 178
This bill changes the minimum required time in school for 4th through 12th graders from 175 days to 962.5 hours. The Board of Education will set rules for the minimum number of hours in school for grades one through three....

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KYSigned into law 03/2000P-12Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
H.B. 347
Requires schools to be closed on the third Monday of January in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.; permits districts to designate the day as one of the four holidays or to not include the day in the minimum school term; requires school clos...

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VASigned into law 03/2000P-12Grants for Extending School Year
S.B. 545
Creates the Extended School Year Incentive Program and Fund, from such funds as may be appropriated, to be administered by the Board of Education, for incentive grants for public school divisions for the operation of schools beyond the 180-day school year requ...

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