|IA||to governor 03/2014||P-12||Instructional Time|
For a school or school district with a school calendar measuring instructional time in days, defines the minimum school day as a day consisting of six hours of instructional days or time for grades 1-12. Allows less than the minimum time if any of the followin...
|GA||Issued 02/2014||P-12||School Closure- Inclement Weather|
State Board of Education Resolution
Allows local school districts the flexibility to determine if school days missed due to inclement weather will be made up.
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Expanded Learning Opportunities Council|
Establishes the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council to study and make recommendations concerning expanded learning opportunities for public school students. Establishes membership. Provides "expanded learning opportunities" may be provided by offering rigo...
|IA||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Instructional Hours|
H.F. 215 - Division IX
Effective July 2014, changes the instructional time requirement for school districts from to allow the count in either days or hours. Current law requires 5.5 hours minimum instruction time and 180 days beginning on or around September 1. The bill allows the y...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Maximum Number of Professional Development Hours|
Prohibits counting more than 30 hours of professional development toward the one hundred eighty (180) days or one thousand eighty (1,080) hours of classroom
instruction time required. Clarifies that teachers off contract (not on contract) cannot be required to...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||Making Up Instructional Days When Schools Are Closed|
Permits the commissioner of education to grant the equivalent of 10 instructional days for school districts that have missed an average of 20 or more days in the previous 3 years and on nontraditional days or on nontraditional time, use alternative methods of ...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2012||P-12||Inservice Days in August|
Increases from 3 to 4 the number of inservice days that may be included in 180 days that school must be in session. Allows districts to schedule teacher conference (inservice) days during the last two weeks of August, subject to collective bargaining agreement...
|CA||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Benefit Calculation When Instructional Days Reduced|
S.B. 1016 - Benefit Calculation When Instructional Days Reduced
From section 27 of bill summary: Provides that, if a district, county office of education, or charter school reduces the number of days of instruction pursuant to a specified provision for the 2012–13 or 2013–14 fiscal years, the minimum standard for full time...
|CA||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Potential Reduction of School Year to 160 Days|
S.B. 1016 - Potential Reduction of School Year to 160 Days
From section 40 of bill summary: Provides that if the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012 (Attorney General reference number 12-0009) is not approved by the voters at the November 6, 2012, statewide general election, or if the provisions of ...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Schools Not Open Due to Law Enforcement Emergencies|
S.B. 316 - Schools Not Open Due to Law Enforcement Emergencies
Waives from calculation of full-time equivalency/minimum school calendar requirements for traditional public schools and community schools any hours or days that learning opportunities were not offered due to law enforcement emergencies.
Pages 159 and 173 of 5...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||School 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.
|AL||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||School Start Dates|
S.B. 318 - School Start Dates
From K-12 appropriations bill: Establishes legislative intent that local school systems be permitted to develop flexible school terms extending over the school year including late school start dates. School systems are encouraged to use late school dates to re...
|AL||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Flexible School Calendar Act of 2012|
Creates the Flexible School Calendar Act of 2012. Permits the 180-day minimum school term requirement to be met through the hourly equivalent thereof, beginning with the 2012-13 school year and ending with the last day of the 3rd month of the 2013-14 school ye...
|MS||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||School Start Date|
Creates the school start date act, provides that no public elementary or secondary school under the jurisdiction of the state board of education shall begin a new academic school year of instruction on or after the fourth Monday in August, exempts schools for ...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||District in a County in Which a Disaster Has Been Declared|
For the 2011-12 school year, directs the commissioner of education to waive up to 10 instructional days for a district in a county in which a disaster has been declared. Permits a district in a county in which a disaster has been declared, when submitting the ...
|MN||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Length of School Year|
Establishes a minimum number of hours for student instruction. Sets the hours at 425 hours per year for kindergarten pupils, 935 hours for pupils in grades 1 to 6 and 1,020 hours per year for pupils in grades 7 to 12. Clarifies that this section does not supe...
|TX||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||District Furloughs|
S.B. 8 - District Furloughs
Authorizes a district board of trustees to implement a furlough program and reduce the number of days of service otherwise required by law by not more than 6 days of service during a school year if the commissioner certifies that the district will be provided ...
|CA||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||School Calendar Reduction for 2011-12 School Year|
A.B. 114 - School Calendar Reduction for 2011-12 School Year
Adds new Section 46201.3 to specify (only if subdivision (c) of Section 3.94 of the Budget Act of 2011 is operative) that for the 2011–12 school year, the minimum number of instructional days and minutes school districts, county offices of education, and chart...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Making Up Lost Instructional Days Online|
H.B. 153 - Making Up Lost Instructional Days Online
Permits a local board, or the governing authority of a chartered nonpublic school or a community school, prior to the start of the school year, to submit a plan to the department to require students to complete classroom lessons posted to the district's or non...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Exception to School Start Date|
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 ...
|NC||Veto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2011||P-12||School Calendar Pilot Program|
H.B. 200 - School Calendar Pilot Program
Directs the state board to establish a school calendar pilot program in the Wilkes County Schools, the Montgomery County Schools, and the Stanly County Schools, to determine whether and to what extent a local school administrative unit can save money by consol...
|IL||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Length of School Day and Year in Collective Bargaining Agreements|
S.B. 7 - Length of School Day and Year in Collective Bargaining Agreements
Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Specifies that Chicago collective bargaining agreements may address decisions to determine the length of the work and school day and length of the work and school year. Page 97 of 111: http://www.ilga.gov/le...
|HI||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Length of Instructional Year|
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 ...
|HI||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Exception to Single School Calendar for All Schools|
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...
|OH||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Calamity Days|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Shortening School Year by 5 Days|
S.B. 70 - Sec. 46201.2
Extends through 2014-15 school year the provision allowing a school district, county office of education or charter school to shorten its instructional year by up to 5 days without incurring fiscal penalties.
Page 45 of 81: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Lost 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...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Defining and Lengthening School Year|
Defines "student instructional hours" as time during which students are engaged in learning activities, including regularly-scheduled instruction and learning assessments within the curriculum, and excludes lunch, recess or passing time. Directs the department...
|Vetoed 03/2010||P-12||County School Calendar Committee|
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 ...
|ME||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Draft Model Academic Year Calendars|
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...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Holidays, Inservice and Parent-Teacher Conference Days|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Minimum Instructional Day and Year|
A.B. 2D - Section 21
From legislative analysis: Existing law prescribes the minimum length of time for the instructional school year and the minimum number of instructional minutes per schoolday. Existing law imposes fiscal penalties on school districts and county offices of educa...
|OH||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Center for Creativity and Innovation|
H.B. 1 - Section 3301.82
**No funds allocated in the current budget for this center, according to the DOE's H.B. 1 summary document http://www.education.ohio.gov/GD/DocumentManagement/DocumentDownload.aspx?DocumentID=71635**
Authorizes the state superintendent to create the center f...
|OH||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Extending the School Year|
H.B. 1 - Section 265.70.23
Directs the state superintendent, by December 31, 2010, to submit to the general assembly a report on the superintendent's findings and recommendations on extending the school year. Page 2839 of 3120: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText128/128_HB_1_EN_...
|OH||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||School 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...
|NY||Adopted 06/2009||P-12||Using Inservice Days to Rate State Assessments|
Title 8 NYCRR 175.5
Amends rule to extend to 2013 the provision allowing use of up to two professional development days for teacher scoring of state assessments. Adopted as published on pages 21-22 of 43: http://www.dos.state.ny.us/info/register/2009/apr8/pdfs/rules.pdf...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Applications for Certain Programs|
H.B. 3646 - Sections 17-19
Section 17: Directs the commissioner, in reviewing a funding application for an extended year program, to give priority to districts with high concentrations of educationally disadvantaged students.
Section 18: Brings provisions related to flexible school day...
|MO||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Minimum 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...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Annual School Calendar|
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...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Increase Instructional Hours, Credits for Graduation|
H.B. 2261--Section 104--Calendar and Credit Hours
Over a period of eight years, starting in 2011:
Section 104 states that each school district shall make available to students the following minimum instructional offering each school year:
(2) (a) For students enrolled in grade one through twelve, at least a ...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2008||P-12||Year-Round School Grant Program|
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...
|AL||Adopted 05/2008||P-12||Graduation Requirements and Other Changes|
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...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative Centers Program|
S.B. 2 - Section 22
Establishes the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) Centers Program to provide a financial incentive for charter schools and school districts to adopt programs that result in a more efficient use of human resources and capital facilities.
|IL||Signed into law 11/2007||P-12|
|Election Judges and Election Day|
Amends the Election Code. Allows high school juniors to serve as election judges. Allows an individual not entitled to vote in a precinct or county to serve as an election judge if the individual is a student at a community college or public or private Illinoi...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||School Year|
Revises the definitions of standard school, elementary school, high school, and the number of days of school.
|VT||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Uniform Statewide School Calendar|
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...
|MI||Signed into law 12/2006||P-12||Instructional Hours Requirement|
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...
|OH||Signed into law 12/2006||P-12||Length 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...
|UT||Adopted 11/2006||P-12||Per Pupil Funding & Attendance/Completion Recordkeeping|
Allows exceptions to the minimum number of instructional hours and schools days per year for individual students and schools; requires Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to ensure that accurate records of daily st...
|MI||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Exceptions to Post Labor Start Date|
Allow an exception to the post-Labor Day starting date requirement for intermediate school districts.
|SD||Active 05/2006||P-12||Start 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.
|FL||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Start 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.
|WI||Vetoed 04/2006||P-12||Minimum Hours in School Year|
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...
|LA||Signed into law 11/2005||P-12||Minimum School Year|
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...
|LA||Signed into law 11/2005||P-12||Minimum Instructional Time|
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...
|Required Annual Calendar for Schools and Colleges|
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...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Study of Start/End School Year Dates|
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...
|NV||(H) APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR. CHAPTER 151. 05/2005||P-12||Authorizes school districts to prescribe minimum attendance requirements for pupils in kindergarten and first grade and for pupils in certain remedial programs.|
AN ACT relating to education; authorizing the boards of trustees of school districts to apply to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for additional days or minutes of instruction for certain programs of remedial education; authorizing the board of trustee...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Elections|
Includes the day of primary elections as a day in which schools are closed. http://lrc.ky.gov/RECORD/05RS/SB7.htm...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Legislative Task Force|
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 ...
|CA||Vetoed 07/2004||P-12||School Districts: Four-Day School Week|
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...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||School Professional development Days|
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...
|MI||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||Reduction 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...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2003||P-12||Requirements for Instructional Time for Schools|
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...
|MI||Vetoed 06/2003||P-12||Minimum School Year in Hours and 4-Day School Week|
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...
|MO||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||School 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...
|MO||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Inclement Weather Exceptions for School Attendance|
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...
|NM||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Home Visits and Conferences|
Provides time for home visits and parent-teacher conferences in kindergarten through grade five....
|KY||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||School Make-Up Days|
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...
|SC||Adopted 12/2002||P-12||Uniform Start Dates|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2002||P-12||Waivers for Penalties|
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...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2002||P-12||Length of School Year|
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....
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Minimum Instructional Hours Per School Year|
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...
|MI||Signed into law 11/2001||P-12||Prohibition Against Schools Being in Session on Friday Before Labor Day|
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...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2001||P-12||Increase of Minimum Instructional Days|
, Increase the minimum number of instructional school days per school year in public elementary and secondary schools form 175 to 177....
|LA||Signed into law 06/2001||P-12||Requirement for Make-Up Days Due to Employees Failing to Appear for Work|
, Requires make-up days when school board closes school as the result of school employees threatening or failing to appear for work....
|TX||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Starting, Ending Dates|
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....
|KS||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Waiver of school term due to disaster|
Concerns school districts; provides for waivers from duration of the school term due to disaster; allows the state board of education to waive the requirements of law relating to the duration of the school term in any school year upon application for such waiv...
|KY||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||School Calendar Requirements|
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...
|MO||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Exceptions for mandatory days of school attendance|
Relates to inclement weather exceptions for mandatory days of school attendance; amends an exception to the mandatory days of school attendance that currently refers to exceptions allowed because of flooding in specific past years to apply to inclement weather...
|SC||Signed into law 08/2000||P-12||Alternative Certification, Adds Days to the School Year, Teacher Evaluation|
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...
|ID||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||School Recess|
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...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Grants for Extending School Year|
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...