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Educators say bill mandating calendar, summer attendance reduces local control

Several Southwest Missouri superintendents say they’re not on board with a proposal in the Missouri Legislature that would ensure schools don’t start classes until September and that they end before June. Under the legislation, school districts would need to complete their regular term between Sept. 1 and May 31, while the state’s minimum class time would increase from 1,044 hours to 1,085 hours. It would leave August for professional development and training.

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