Bills would delay, extend Maine school year

Posted Feb. 23, 2011, at 6:09 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 23, 2011, at 6:26 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine hotels and motels, restaurants, potato growers and summer recreational businesses support a bill proposing the school year not begin before Sept. 1.

The rule would apply beginning in the 2012-13 academic year to elementary and secondary schools, the University of Maine System and Maine Community College System.

Supporters told lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday that the law would assure they have a supply of young workers while their prime season is still busy.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee also heard testimony on a bill to extend the school year from 180 days to 185 days a year. The sponsor, Republican Rep. Peter Edgecomb of Caribou, said Maine now has one of the shortest school years in the country and this is a step in the right direction.