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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 1:37 pm | Updated: 1:57 pm, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

MADISON, Ala. (WAAY) - A deal that would have allowed North Alabama school systems to opt out of the Alabama School Calendar Law is dead. None of the north Alabama school superintendants are happy about it, and neither is the author of the proposed deal, Senator Bill Holtzclaw.

Madison City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Dee Fowler, sat down with WAAY-31 to tell us how he feels about the issue.

“We had great hope that we would once again get control of our school calendar,” said Fowler.

That is not the case for any of the North Alabama school systems. Dr. Fowler says the best school calendar that can be made for the city of Madison, would be one that is made by the City of Madison. Not a calendar mandated by the state.

“Now we see such a compression trying to get 180 days in, it’s almost impossible.

Fall Break is a causality of us not having control of our own calendar.”

Fowler says that legislators have worked very hard to try to restore local rule back to our area. But the argument that a longer summer break would increase Alabama revenue won over the majority of law makers this time around.

For parent’s worried about their fall break, Fowler says there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The School Calendar Law sunsets at the end of the coming 2013-2014 school year.

“After that, hopefully, we are back in the business that each school board will have local control of the destiny of their school calendar,” said Fowler.

In a news release, Madison County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Copeland asked parents to plan all activities based on the official calendar. He also thanks the community for their patience and understanding in the matter.

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