What is Protect Summer for NC Families?
Protect Summer for NC Families is a growing, grassroots coalition of parents and families from all across North Carolina who support the traditional school calendar law. We are a voice for the overwhelming majority of North Carolina families who want to protect summer break for students, parents, teachers, and our state’s economy. Our mission is simple: bring thousands of parents together to protect our summers from legislative efforts to change the calendar law and mandate longer school years.
What do we do?
Educate and communicate. We’re a resource for families and parents who want to stay up to date on threats to their summers and potential changes to the state school calendar. And we make our voices heard in the General Assembly by contacting legislators and supporting grassroots outreach.
Why do our summers need protecting?
Long school years, shorter summers, and less freedom for North Carolina parents to choose the schedule that’s best for their kids and their families – it could all happen if legislators change the school calendar law. Here’s the backstory: For years, most North Carolina schools started early in August and some ran late into June. Teachers and parents across the state were desperate for a more flexible schedule option. And in 2004, the General Assembly finally changed the school calendar law to give parents, teachers and others more flexibility. Traditional schools across the state today start no later than the closest Monday to August 26 and end no later than the closest Friday to June 11. Families’ opinions haven’t changed, but the calendar law is still constantly under attack. Every year since the law changed, lawmakers in Raleigh have filed bills to change the statewide school calendar and chip away at our summers. And they’re gaining steam: Last year alone, over 40 school calendar bills were introduced in the North Carolina House.
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