Alabama Senate Debates Longer Summer Break for Schools
The Alabama Senate is debating a bill designed to boost tourism spending by prohibiting schools from starting more than two weeks before Labor Day and requiring them to end before Memorial Day.
Republican Sen. Trip Pittman of Daphne said Tuesday mandating a longer summer vacation would lead to more family trips, particularly to beaches in his county, and would generate at least $24 million annually in extra state tax revenue.
Opponents said families only have so much money to spend on travel, and a longer summer will result in trips during fall and spring breaks being curtailed. They said stretching out the summer vacation will hurt students because research shows the longer the summer break, the more students forget.
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