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Bill could change Ala. school calendars

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A Senate committee will take a closer look at a bill that could change the way Alabama school calendars are created.

The bill got talked a lot about right before the legislative session got started this year but it kind of got pushed to the side after the controversial school flexibility bill took the spotlight.

Now, some people have confused the school flexibility bill with this school calendar opt-out bill which are two separate bills

Right now, Alabama school calendars are pretty much set by state standards.

Schools can't start any earlier than August 19th, which doesn't leave anytime for a fall break and not much flexibility for training days, test days, or snow days.

But under this bill, each district would be given a little more wiggle room to set up a calendar that would best fit their schools.

They would still have to fit 180 days into the school year, but they could start earlier to make room for things like fall break.

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