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Bill would allow school districts to make up snow days
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) With the number of snow days continuing to pile up this year, schools could soon see some big changes in how they make up that lost class time.
A new proposal from Representative Phil Potvin, a Republican from Cadillac, would give schools more flexibility.
Instead of adding days to the end of the school year, the bill would allow districts to simply lengthen the days they are already in school.
According to state law, students have to be in class for nearly 1,100 hours every year.
If a district does not meet that requirement, they may lose some of their state funding.
Last year, Governor Snyder signed a bill similar to this one, except it was only active for one year.
Potvin's new bill would make the change permanent so every year schools would have the choice to either add days or lengthen days.
One of the main perks of lengthening days would be cutting back on transportation costs so schools would not have to pay for the additional bus usage that comes with additional days of school.
However, longer days could complicate teacher contracts.
NewsChannel 3 will continue to follow the status of this bill and keep you updated.