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House Bill Calls For Shorter School Year

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Mississippi school kids could spend five fewer days in the classroom if one state lawmaker gets his way.

House education committee chairman John Moore is author of House bill 75, which calls for cutting the number of school days from 180 to 175 each year.

“I don't think taking five days off the schedule is gonna affect it at all,” Moore told us.

Moore says opponents believe the bill is aimed at reducing education funding or cutting teacher salaries.

“…teacher salary will remain the same or improve.”

Instead, Moore says his goal is to give school districts flexibility with their schedule. 

But parents aren't sold on the idea of giving students more days out of school.

"More days in school means more time for learning better," said Mark Clay.

Retired teacher Gwen Morris-Isom says if the state cuts days, they should make school year round and give kids more breaks throughout the year.

"It’s difficult on single parents who actually not only use school as a learning tool but as something for the kids to do," added A.J.  Johnson.

Moore said, "We’re not running a day care service, we're in the business of educating students and doing it efficiently and timely."

Moore says he doesn't believe there's a connection between the number of days students spend in school and what they learn.

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