Bill to Make Up Snow Days Passes House, Will Go to Gov. Snyder

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

"Under the State School Aid Act, schools must meet a minimum number of days and hours of pupil instruction to qualify for State aid.  The Act requires at least 1,098 hours of pupil instruction per school year, as well as a minimum number of days of instruction.  Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the minimum number of days is 170, but not less than the number of days that a district provided in the 2009-2010 school year.  A school district that fails to meet either the minimum hours or days of pupil instruction will incur a reduction in State aid.  However, a school district may cancel up to six school days, but still count them toward the minimum days of instruction, if the closing is due to severe storms, fires, epidemics, utility power unavailability, water or sewer failure, or health conditions."

House Bill 4471

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan schools with too many snow days may avoid having to schedule extra days in June. But students still may not be happy with the remedy.

The House gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that would let schools schedule longer days. It passed, 106-1, and now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Supporters say the change is needed because some schools in northern Michigan had more than the maximum six snow days. The minimum requirement of 170 school days would be waived, but schools still would need at least 1,098 hours of instruction this year.

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