- Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A prominent North Carolina General Assembly study agency has declined to make a broad recommendation about what to do with the public school calendar law setting dates for classes statewide.

The Program Evaluation Division released Monday its report about the law initially passed in 2004 with support from the tourism industry and parent activists. The law now says school cannot open before the Monday closest to Aug. 26 and must end by the Friday closest to June 11. Mountain schools with consistently bad winter weather can get exceptions.

School districts have fought the law, saying it prevents conducting first-semester exams before Christmas and discourages calendar alignment with local community colleges where some students take classes.

The division did recommend giving flexibility to schools and districts officially identified as low-performing.

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