A Senate panel has shot down a plan to require school kids to get Memorial Day and Veterans Day off from school.
Sen. Jake Knotts, R-Lexington, introduced the bill but was not present Wednesday when it was discussed by a Senate subcommittee.
Panelists said they were unconvinced families would use the time off to learn more about veterans and celebrate the holidays.
“I understand the intent of the bill,” said Sen. Shane Martin, R-Spartanburg. “But it’ll just be another day when parents have to work and figure out what to do with their kids.”
Beth Phibbs of the S.C. Association of School Administrators added that Veterans Day is already getting its due and is one of the most celebrated days in the state’s schools. Veterans often visit schools to give talks and school officials hold special assemblies during which kids learn about the holiday.
-- Gina Smith