Alabama lawmaker renews push to move school start date closer to Labor Day

Alabama Rep. Craig Ford, I-Gadsden (image: Ford's Twitter)

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Gadsden Alabama Rep. Craig Ford has announced his intention to reintroduce legislation that would require schools start no earlier than two weeks before Labor Day. Labor Day 2018 falls on Monday Sept. 3, meaning if the plan was in place, no schools could start before Monday Aug. 20.

Ford introduced similar legislation in the 2017-2018 session but it never made it out of committee.

According to, Ford said the shortened summer vacation "hurts Alabama families" by depriving them of vacation time together, as well as depriving teachers of professional development time.

Currently, public schools in Alabama are required to have 180 days of student instruction or the hourly equivalent of 1,080 hours each year.

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