North Carolina editorial roundup

They’ve cut taxes for corporations and the wealthiest North Carolinians wildly, which means they’ve given up revenue needed for infrastructure, including schools. North Carolina’s public school calendar was set for economic and political considerations, not for academic reasons. In 2004, the state enacted a law that set the opening and closing dates of the school year at approximately Aug. 26 and June 11, depending on weekend dates. Will students return to school with more knowledge if their summer break is shortened to eight weeks instead of 10? And exactly how much economic harm will coastal communities suffer if families have to squeeze their beach vacations into eight weeks instead of 10? How many summer jobs will go unfilled? With more information in hand, school boards and legislators could make better decisions about setting calendars.