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State Senate OKs bill to help schools with snow days

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 19, 2014 4:43 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's public schools are closer to getting more flexibility in making up snow days after a vote in Harrisburg.

The state Senate approved the bill unanimously today, sending it to the state House of Representatives.

The sponsor, Senator Jake Corman of Centre County, says the bill would help districts avoid extending the school year deep into June to make up for school cancellations and delays during the commonwealth's severe winter.

Under the bill, districts could lengthen school days to make up time by allowing them to calculate the school year on an hourly basis, rather than a daily basis. Also, the bill would let districts hold classes on one Saturday each month.

Corman says the bill mirrors legislation passed in 1996 after severe flooding.

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