Board of Education Wants Schools to Add Days

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The State Board of Education is encouraging Michigan public school districts that exceed six snow days to replace lost time with full days of instruction.

The board this week unanimously took a stance on the issue.

Adding days is recommended by the board instead of adding hours to remaining days on existing school calendars, which could be allowed under legislation introduced in Lansing.

State law allows a local school district to have six snow days. That limit has been pressed this year in districts across the state that closed because of heavy snow, dangerously cold temperatures or a combination of both. Many shut for days in January.

Any snow days beyond six must be replaced for a district to get full state funding.