LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - This winter, many mid-Michigan school districts have canceled classes because of the weather which has school officials discussing ways to make up the lost school days. State School Superintendent Mike Flanagan is strongly rejecting the idea to allow school districts to tack on extra time at the end of the school day to make up lost time. He points to the number one education country in the world, Finland, and he says they don't add minutes, they add days when it snows and that's what Michigan should do.
"Add days, not minutes," said Flanagan. "That's insane. They're not doing this silly stuff about adding minutes a day. That is not going to work."
Rep. Phil Potvin says schools should have choices including adding 30 minutes, not five minutes at the end of the day which he claims is a cost saver for financially strapped districts.
"The cost savings is all in transportation, running our buses one more time and having our people in school one extra day," said Potvin.
"The best thing to do is have a full day of school. We mandate the number of days in a school year, we want to make sure this applies for that," said Sen. Phil Pavlou, the education chair.
Flanagan says forgiving the lost days is also not an option.
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