UPDATE: Ky. Snow Days Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/28/14 @ 3 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill relaxing Kentucky's school attendance laws is awaiting Gov. Steve Beshear's signature.

Both the Kentucky House and Senate have approved a bill that would suspend the state law requiring school districts have at least 170 days of classes this school year - as long as districts have at least 1,062 hours of classroom time.

The only exception is no school district can have classes after June 6.

At least seven Kentucky school districts have missed more than 30 days of classes because of snowy weather. Another 40 districts have missed at least 20 days.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/27/14
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky public school students won't have to cancel their summer vacations after state lawmakers agreed to relax school attendance laws following an unusually snowy winter.

House and Senate negotiators agreed Wednesday night to suspend the state law requiring school districts to have 170 days of classes, as long as they have at least 1,062 hours of classroom instruction.

If a school district cannot meet the 1,062-hour threshold after exhausting all other options, including canceling spring break and school holidays, the school year will end on June 6.

State Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, said fewer than 10 school districts would fit that category.


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