Ohio government school calamity days being cut from five to three next year

Posted by DarthDilbert at 2/25/2010 04:40:00 PM

Ohio [government] schools hard hit by this year's snow storms still have five calamity days for canceling classes without having to make up the lost time. That changes next year.

Districts will have only three calamity days beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

Educators, state officials and others say making up lost days can complicate school planning and even add costs, at times. But many support reducing calamity days in favor of providing as much class time as possible for students.

They say instructional time is necessary as schools in Ohio and around the country look to improve student achievement.

The cutback was a compromise after legislators decided against Gov. Ted Strickland's more extensive proposal to add 20 more school days over the next 10 years.

Several school districts in the Northern Miami Valley have already exceeded this year's calamity days due to heavy snow. Some are thinking about extending the school year to make them up.

Reason # to homeschool.



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