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Kids shouldn't be in school on Veterans Day, Florida Senate panel says



The Florida Senate committee on military affairs, space, and domestic security cleared a proposal Thursday that would force schools to close on November 11, Veterans Day.

But the move would have a long way to go before becoming law. A similar bill is stalled in the House.

"This bill has been before this committee I don't know how many times," said Sen. Tony Hill, a Jacksonville Democrat and the bill's sponsor. "We want to honor the veterans."

Kids should be out of school on Veterans Day to be able to watch parades and visit veterans, Hill added. All of Florida's state agencies close on the holiday, but schools don't have to.

In the past, some groups have argued that children should be in school on Veterans Day to learn about veterans' contributions to the country, instead of taking the day off and considering it vacation.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2011 4:30pm]


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