Indiana Senate ties over school start date bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The state Senate has deadlocked over whether to support a bill that would largely prohibit Indiana's public schools from starting their school years until late August.

Senators split 25-25 on the bill Tuesday and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman wasn't present to break the tie. The bill could be voted on again Wednesday.

The bill would allow school start dates of no earlier than the
fourth Monday of August.

Supporters say such a law would more summer time together for
families and boost the state's recreation sites. Opponents argue such decisions should made by local school boards.

The Senate voted 45-5 in favor of a bill requiring schools to teach cursive writing. The state Department of Education last year dropped cursive writing from required school curriculum in favor of keyboard proficiency.

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