The senate has rejected an attempt to force schools to extend summer vacation from June 10th through Labor Day. With two senators absent, the vote against the school-year bill was 25-23. The bill’s author, Carmel republican Mike Delph, can call for a re-vote any time between now and February 23rd.
“It’s a victory today for the education bureaucracy, it’s a defeat for the parents but constitutionally we’re able to bring it back and we’ll just have to reassess things sometime next week,” Delph said.
Supporters of the bill contend the steady creep of the school year to early or mid-August interferes with traditional August family vacations. Opponents argue local school boards should decide for themselves what’s appropriate for their district. Bloomington democrat Vi Simpson says making everyone follow the same calendar is a bad idea.
“I have three school corporations in my senate district that coordinate their calendar with their university, which is the primary employer in those school corporations,” Simpson said.
To pass the bill on a second try, supporters would either have to change someone‘s mind, or win the votes of the two absent senators, and republican Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, who votes only in case of a 25-25 tie.