LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
But the House, which had planned to consider the Senate bill Friday after the upper chamber passed it, went ahead with Stacy’s bill. It grants the local districts discretion to waive up to 10 days with few restrictions.
Rep. Bart Rowland, R-Tompkinsville, reminded his colleagues who important the legislation is to school officials, students and parents back home.
On Thursday when the House held a contentious debate over the new two-year state budget, Rowland said, he got more phone calls and messages from back home about the school calendar than about the budget.
Republican Adam Koenig of Erlanger and Democrat Jim Wayne of Louisville questioned whether it isn’t more important for students to get all of the required instructional time rather than accommodating spring break or summer vacation plans. They were joined by only six others in voting against the bill.
Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, have urged quick action on the school calendars so districts can arrange the rest of the school year.