RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A state judge is promising to rule on
whether a North Carolina school district due to start classes next
week can keep its exception to a state law mandating a 10-week
State Administrative Law Judge Joe Webster said he would issue a
ruling Tuesday, a day after hearing arguments in a bid to stop
Macon County schools from opening classes on Aug. 4.
Lawyers for the 4,400-student school district in the state's
westernmost corner say the district wants to start three weeks
earlier than the statewide Aug. 25 kickoff so it can offer
week-long remedial reading sessions in October, March and July.
North Carolina adopted a statewide school calendar in 2004 at
the urging of the tourism industry and parents who wanted to keep
summers as free time.
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