Ohio Senate OKs Increase In School Calamity Days

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The state Senate has joined the House in approving more "snow days" for Ohio schools.

The Senate voted 32-1 on Tuesday to go back to five annual calamity days that don't have to be made up by school districts. The number was cut to three under former Gov. Ted Strickland. Harsh winter weather quickly pushed schools beyond that limit during the current school year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Senate's version of the bill would let schools teach through online and take-home assignments for up to three days a year. They would not count as calamity days if the work is finished by at least 80 percent of students.

The legislation faces one more vote in the House. Gov. John Kasich wants to sign it into law.

(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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