House committee approves school snow day waiver

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A House committee has approved a bill that would forgive public schools up to 10 missed school days because of winter weather.

State Rep. John Will Stacey, D-West Liberty, said only school districts that missed at least 10 days would qualify for the waiver.

Most state lawmakers were eager on Tuesday to approve the bill. They were concerned a longer school year would force students to take end-of-the-year tests in June, a time when students are used to being on vacation.

The Lawrence County school district has missed 32 school days this year because of weather, pushing its school year to June 12. But Superintendent Mike Armstrong said if this bill passes, the district's last day would be May 30.

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