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What a difference a year makes

By LETITIA STEIN
Published May 25, 2007


Today marks the first day of what will feel like an endless summer break for students in Hillsborough County schools. Parents can thank, or curse, Florida lawmakers for an extra 2 1/2 weeks out of school. Last year's Save our Summers campaign pushed back the start of school to Aug. 20. Next spring, school will end later, too. This summer is the long transition. Here's what parents and students have to look forward to:

This year
12 weeks, 3 days
87 days
2,088 hours
125,280 minutes
7,516,800 seconds

Last year
9 weeks, 6 days
69 days
1,656 hours
99,360 minutes
5,961,600 seconds