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Lawmaker moves to push back school start dates

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One lawmaker says it's too early to start back to school, and he's pushing to change when class goes back in session.

State Representative Craig Ford, a Democrat from Gadsden, says he'd like to see a bill in the state house that would move the starting date for school to no later than August 20th.

You may remember the legislature passed a similar measure that affected the last two school years, but the law expired and an attempt to do the same for this school year died.

Ford says the early start, among other things, robs the state of tourism money by cutting summer vacation short.

Ford says it also runs up expenses, especially utility bills in hotter weeks of the year.

“You're running the power, the air conditioning throughout the hottest times of the year. August and September are the two hottest months of the season. So, what we want to do is just cut back a little on the air, also bus drivers are actually driving these routes in the 95 degree heat.”

Ford says the bill would set parameters for school boards, but boards could still set their own calendars.

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