Mich. Governor Signs ‘Snow Day’ Legislation

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that will allow schools with too many snow days to avoid having to schedule extra days in June.

The Republican governor signed the bill Thursday. It means that school districts that have more than six snow days this year can have longer days for the rest of the school year instead of adding days at the end of the year. Schools will still have to meet the minimum 1,098 hours of instruction.

Snyder said the bill will help schools faced with many snow days this year, especially in northern and West Michigan.

Supporters say extra school days in June could be a problem for families that have already scheduled vacations and camps for kids.

“This bill will help eliminate some of the problems that can come from going to school into the summer, while ensuring the students are getting all of their education,” said Republican Rep. Phil Potvin, who sponsored the bill.

Potvin said some schools in the Cadillac area were forced to take as many as 12 snow days because of severe weather this past winter. In contrast, most schools in metro Detroit only took two or three snow days.

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