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Pa. Senate gets bill to address school snow days

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Legislation that would give Pennsylvania's school districts more flexibility in making up snow days is headed to the state Senate.

Senate Bill 1281, approved Wednesday by the Education Committee, would allow districts to calculate the school year on an hourly, rather than a daily basis.

The measure would also permit schools to hold class one Saturday per month, if needed.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Jake Corman, said his legislation would give districts the flexibility to meet the state's instructional requirement.

"Extending school into late June may not the best option for schools or students for a number of reasons," Corman said in a news release. "This bill will provide schools with the flexibility to find the solution that works best for them to make up the missed instructional time."

Corman said his proposal mirrors legislation passed in 1996 as the result of flooding in the northwestern part of the state.

 

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