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February 19, 2014

STATE HOUSE: Bill to forgive snow days advances

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

A state Senate panel approved a bill Wednesday that would allow school districts to forgive up to five days missed due to weather.

State law requires schools to be in session for 180 days each school year. Districts must include three days into their calendar for making up days missed due to weather. If the days are not needed, they become holidays for students.

School districts across the state have missed days due to two winter storms this year.

Under the proposal approved by the Senate panel, districts could choose to forgive up to five days after using their three makeup days.

The bill, already passed by the House, must be approved by the Senate Education Committee before heading to the Senate floor for consideration.

State lawmakers forgave up to five snow days in 2011. Some districts chose not to forgive the missed days.

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