- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina House has advanced bills to let school districts start the school year earlier, even as the Senate has repeatedly opposed such flexibility.

The chamber voted Thursday by wide margins for both measures, which seek to respond to desires of local school boards to start schools when they choose. Current law generally requires schools start no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26 and end no later than the Friday closest to June 11.

One bill would let districts in 20 counties start two weeks earlier for three years and the results studied. The second would let districts align with local community college schedules if the opening isn’t before Aug. 15.

The 20-county measure heads to the Senate. The community college alignment bill needs another House vote.

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