Ohio Calamity-Day Bill Clears Conference Committee

State lawmakers reach a compromise on what to do about calamity days.(Photo: Flickr/OZinOH)
State lawmakers reach a compromise on what to do about calamity days.(Photo: Flickr/OZinOH)

State lawmakers have struck a compromise on what to do about missed school days around Ohio brought on by the season’s extreme winter weather.

A House-Senate compromise committee approved a bill Tuesday to provide four extra snow days. The panel removed a provision that would have required teachers to undergo professional development training.

The decision followed an impasse last month over two competing versions of the bill.

Snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures have led many districts across Ohio to exhaust the school year’s five allowable calamity days, in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time.

Many districts have canceled classes for nine or more days this year.

Gov. John Kasich backed adding extra snow days on a one-time basis.

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