Summary: Parents around the state are complaining that they have no voice when schools adopt balanced or year-round calendars. Research shows that without community support, balanced calendars will not succeed and often cause great disturbances to families, students and teachers. SB 248 is a simple bill that instructs the General Assembly to assign a committee to study the issue of the use of balanced calendars by school corporations and the procedures for the implementation or discontinuance of the use of the balanced calendar and the possible use of a referendum as a way to measure support for this type of calendar configuration. The crux of this bill is to study the issue and find a way to ensure school corporations can not push balanced calendars down the throats of parents.
Balanced calendars are calendars in which summer vacation is eight weeks or less and two week or longer breaks are given to students in the fall, a longer winter break is given and a two week break is given in the spring. Research shows that balanced or year-round school calendars do not impact academic success but to increase non-instructional costs. Click here to read research and news articles about the year-round or balanced school calendars.
2012 Legislative Session Bills Filed
SB 248 – Authored by Senator Leising
As originally filed SB 248 gave parents voting rights if a school corporation wishes to adopt a balanced calendar. Also provided a way to recall current balanced calendars and require a public vote.
Amended in committee from a bill setting a specific action to a bill requesting a study be done on the issue.
As amended, SB 248 creates an interim study committee to study on the use of balanced calendars by school corporations and the procedures for the implementation or discontinuance of the use of the balanced calendar and the possible use of a referendum as a way to measure support for this type of calendar configuration.
The amended version of SB 248 has passed the full Senate and was sent to the House.
House Education Vice-Chair Rhoads agreed to be the House sponsor of the bill and Rep. Thompson agreed to co-sponsor the legislation.
SB 248 is currently awaiting a hearing in the House of Representatives Education Committee.
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Lawmakers Debate Indiana School Start Date
Delph and advocate group Save Indiana Summers argued that a later school start date is better for families, tourism and the economy, but the Indiana ...
Save Indiana Summers is a non-profit, statewide coalition of parents, teachers and community members disappointed with the ever-earlier start to the school year. Our mission is to educate consumers of the education system, taxpayers and other interested people about the negative impact the early-August school start date and nontraditional school calendars have on our students, teachers and families. It is our hope that we can work with parents and school districts to help establish educationally and fiscally sound school calendars; a school calendar that allows more money to flow into teachers' salaries, classroom supplies and educational services ... without a heavier tax burden on Indiana families.
Voice Your Opinion!
Voicing your opinion on the school start date to your local legislator is the single most important thing you can do to move this issue forward.