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Lawmakers Talk How Schools Will Make Up Snow Days

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - With a number of Michigan schools shutting down on a regular basis because of this frigid winter weather, Michigan lawmakers are trying to decide what to do about making sure students meet the 180 day requirement to be in school.

 

"This is creating havoc with their schedules and creating havoc with parents schedules," said Don Wortruba, with the Michigan School Board Association.

 

It's also creating havoc for state lawmakers. Currently, every district gets six days off for bad weather, but last year the governor signed a bill allowing districts to tag on additional time at the end of the day to make up the lost time. So if kids normally got out at 2:30, they would get out at 2:35.

Wortruba says why bother and favors allowing the districts to forget about making up the lost days. He says that is more honest approach.

"If we're going to do it, don't worry about the extension cause it's not real. It makes it look like were dong this right thing, this just says we're forgiving X amount of days this year," said Wortruba.

But Rep. Andy Schor argues, if the kids get a day off, they should make up the whole day at the end of the year.

"I would like them to add days at the end.  I also wouldn't be opposed if we started a little earlier and you had a little buffer," said Rep. Schor.

However, extending the school year deeper into June creates a new set of problems. Some schools don't have air conditioning and some parents will complain that is cutting into their vacation time.

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