Ohio House passes 'calamity days' increase

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House of Representatives voted 80-16 on a plan to increase calamity days, a plan that would give Ohio school districts up to four additional snow days.

The House proposal calls for four additional calamity days, as well as providing districts with additional options for making up the time.

This year's severe winter weather forced most Ohio school districts to exceed their five allotted calamity days.

They began discussing it at 1:30 p.m.

The bill must now pass the Ohio Senate. If the Senate passes it, it will go to Gov. John Kasich's desk as "emergency" legislation, meaning it would take effect immediately.

Kasich was the first to call for extra school snow days

Right now, Ohio law allows schools five calamity days a year before they must start adding days to the school year. Kasich enacted legislation in 2011 increasing the number of calamity days from three to five.

But today's House vote would only apply the additional calamity days for this school year.

In Northeast Ohio, most school districts have already maxed out on their calamity days because of the frigid temperatures and amount of snow. In fact, a few districts, like Medina, have already taken nine calamity days.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, the 2014-2015 school year will see all school districts counting time of instruction by hours, not days.


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