Snyder Signs Bill Allowing Schools to Extend Length of Days Instead of Adding Days for Closures


    Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing school districts that have exceeded their allotted six days of school closure to extend the length of remaining school days instead of adding days to the year in order to meet the required minimum hours of instruction.

    The State School Aid Act requires that schools meet a minimum 170 days and 1,098 hours of pupil instruction to qualify for funding. The measure permits schools that failed to provide the minimum required number of days for this school year to extend the length of remaining school days if: the failure was due to school closings that occurred before April 20, the school closings were due to conditions outside the control of school authorities, such as severe storms, fires or health conditions, and the school district provided at least the minimum number of hours of pupil instruction.

    Districts that use this exception must report their planned remedies to the state to the Department of Education by July 1.

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