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Senate approves school calendar bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 18, 2014) — A measure that would give local districts flexibility in making up missed school days unanimously cleared the Kentucky Senate on Monday.

House Bill 211, as amended by the Senate, would allow local school boards to adjust their school calendars by extending remaining school days by 30 minutes or more to complete 1,062 instructional hours. The bill would also allow school districts to schedule classes on the primary election day if no school buildings in the district are used as polling centers.

“It’s a rapid, quick check off of an amended calendar for districts than can meet that standard,” Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, told lawmakers.

Some districts would be unable to complete the mandated hours even after school calendar amendments, according to Givens. The bill would allow the Department of Education the flexibility to approve waivers for those districts on a case-by-case basis, he said.

HB 211 now goes back to the House of Representatives for further action on changes made by the Senate. The proposal includes an emergency clause and would become effective immediately upon becoming law.

 

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