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Legislation Proposed to Delay First Day of School

Childrens Advocate

Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer doesn’t think school should start in Kentucky until late August.

The Georgetown Republican is co-sponsoring legislation with Senator Chris Girdler of Somerset mandating a later opening.

Their bill says the new school year could not begin before the Monday closest to August 26th. Thayer discussed the proposal on CN2’s Pure Politics.

“This elimination of our summers, where a lot of school districts are starting early August, is really playing against the best needs of Kentucky’s tourism economy. There’s no doubt that this is having a major impact on tourism in Kentucky.”

Thayer also says he doesn’t believe there are any educational benefits to an earlier start to the school year.