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Bill Granting Schools More Snow and Cold Days Didn’t Pass Ohio House After All

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:31 PM

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The Ohio House was expected to pass a bill today to allow Ohio’s public schools more snow days. That vote didn’t happen. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, House Speaker Bill Batchelder explains why.

BATCHELDER: “We had discussion in the caucus. A lot of people had not heard from their superintendents about this. I think there was a lot of concern. We do require a certain number of days in school. So then the question is when do you make that up?  Is this tenable?  Will this actually get done what they want to do? And we had people all over the lot in the caucus. The sponsor who comes from the Indiana border in this state obviously felt this was the right approach. There were other people who said no, these young people have to have a certain number of days, that’s what the statute says. And we agreed. I suggested we pass something to hold its place on the calendar and we can take it back up—that would be probably next Wednesday.”

INGLES: “So right now, it is at an impasse?”

BATCHELDER: “Right, well, not so much an impasse as sort of a confusion.

The President of the Ohio Senate, Republican Keith Faber, has been advocating for more time in the classroom in the Senate calamity day bill. 

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