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Introduced by   Senator Collins of Franklin District

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Education; length of school year

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to change the minimum length of the school year from 175 days to 1,068 instructional hours.  


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 1071(a) is amended to read:

(a)  Minimum number of days hours.  Except as provided in this section, each public school shall be maintained and operated for:

(1)  at least one hundred seventy-five student attendance days 1,068 instructional hours, not including time allowed for lunch and recess, in each school year.  For purposes of this section, a majority of students enrolled in a school 70 percent of students enrolled in each grade, excluding kindergarten, must be recorded on the school roll as in attendance on any day counted as a student attendance day during hours counted as instructional hours.

(2)  at least five teacher in-service education days, during which time activities shall be conducted without students present in order to increase the competency of the staff, improve the curriculum of the school, enable teachers to attend state educational meetings or disseminate student progress information to parents or the community.

(b)  Hours of operation.  Within the minimum set by the state board, the school board shall fix the number of hours that shall constitute a school day, subject to change upon the order of the state board.  


Sec. 1 of this act shall take effect on July 1, 2008 except that for school year 2008-2009, the number of instructional hours required shall be 975, and each school year thereafter, the number of instructional hours required shall be increased by 12 until the minimum number of instructional hours reaches 1,068.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont