Snow days bill on 'life support', could be revived

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 12:16 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – Members of a special committee working to reach a compromise on a snow days bill say the effort will continue despite comments by Senate Education Committee Chairman Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green saying “the legislation is dead.”

In a tweet to WHAS11 Monday night, Wilson said that he is "always open to talk. School districts need relief sooner than later. Hopefully it's a closer compromise than what was offered."

Senate sources say the bill derailed when House conferees balked at Senate conferees changing the guaranteed last day of classes from June 11 to June 13.

House Rep. John Will Stacy, D-West Liberty, tells WHAS11 News that he is still open to discussions though not willing to accept the Senate version of the bill, which would have left the decision whether to waive make-up days to Education Commissioner Terry Holiday rather than local school districts.

A lead Republican legislator on the committee, Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, tells WHAS11 that he is also open to compromise and plans to reconvene the conference committee Tuesday morning.

Kentucky state law says school districts have to have at least 170 days and 1,062 hours of classroom instruction during the school year.

Many districts across the state have missed an estimated 30 days because of winter weather and it’s caused many to delay the end of the school year as well as high school graduation dates.

According to a tweet from Rep. Wilson he says “House says Senate moved goal posts on snow days bill? We were within 2 days of agreement & House moves date to 12 days away moving stadium!”

WHAS11 will have more on this story as it continues to develop.

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