Mississippi students will be getting a longer summer break in 2014 after a new state law pushed back the 2014-15 school start date by as much as three weeks.
Don't get too excited as there is a catch. No matter how you slice it, students will still have to go to school for a minimum of 180 days, with fewer days off in between.
Under this longer summer law, school can't start in Mississippi any sooner than the third Monday in August. But like they say, if you don't pay now, you pay later.
The new longer summers law came up in Mississippi for a number of reasons. Part of the thinking behind the students going back to school later is students with summer jobs could work longer and make more money for them to go to college and to help the family pay bills.
There is also a thought that a longer summer could leave Mississippi teachers and students more rested and more prepared for the school year.
With school starting later and the summers being longer, students will still have to go to school for the minimum of 180 days, which means that some other breaks and holidays during the school year will have to be shortened.
Let's be honest. August in Mississippi. It's hot, and the if the kids go back to school later, some think it will save on the air conditioning bill.
Part of the hope is the new law will boost tourism in Mississippi as well during the summer.
As for which breaks get shortened throughout the year to make the summers longer depends on the school district.