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House passes bill granting Ohio schools four extra calamity days
Teachers will be required to make up two of those days

Karen Kasler
Republican Lynn Watchtmann did not support the bill’s addition of four calamity days that don’t have to be made up or the requirement that teachers make up only two of them.
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Many school districts will likely have to lengthen their calendars this year, but state lawmakers have voted to give them a bit of a break. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on a bill that allows four calamity days that don’t have to be made up.
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On average, Ohio school districts have used nine calamity days this year – but some districts have used as many as 17. The House -- by a vote of 80-16 -- voted to add four more of those days, with teachers having to report to school for two of them.
Republican Rep. Lynn Wachtmann objected the extra days.

“Why give them another two days to cheat the kids out of their academic education?”

But Democrat Teresa Fedor of Toledo says safety in bad weather needs to be a priority for school officials. 

“They know about the high-stakes testing. They care deeply. The superintendents just want a little bit of help.”

Some lawmakers suggested districts use holidays and spring break to make up the time, but contracts with some year-round school employees make that expensive.

Listener Comments:

Lynn Wachtmann is worried about children not being able to learn with four less days in a school year. How much do you suppose he misses out on when he is not at work for 1/2 of the year? Or am I reading the calendar wrong? I have read that the house is open for 113 days a year. Is this correct? By his theory,the more you are at school the better you will do. Maybe the House should be in session more days, so our Representatives can get more work done. Was the House and Senate open every day through the recent bad weather? Will those days be made up if they weren't?

Posted by: Linda Lindecamp (United States) on February 20, 2014 3:02AM
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