A political fight that could have an impact on school calendars across the state will be back in the spotlight early next year.
Salem Delegate Greg Habeeb has introduced legislation that would give school boards control over their calendars, and eliminate the requirement that classes start after Labor Day.
"We filed the bill to bring local control back to our schools to allow them to start when the parents and local school leaders feel it's important," Habeeb told us Monday morning. "I think this is an economic issue, and it's an important local control issue and we're going to fight hard again," he said.
Last year, the proposal made it out of the House of Delegates, and came up two votes short in a Senate committee. Habeeb says he has guarded optimism that it will have more success next year.