Pa. Senate OKs bill to help schools with snow days

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HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s public schools are closer to getting more flexibility in making up snow days after a vote in Harrisburg.


The state Senate approved the bill unanimously Wednesday, sending it to the state House of Representatives.


The sponsor, Sen. Jake Corman of Centre County, said the bill would help districts avoid extending the school year deep into June to make up for school cancelations and delays during Pennsylvania’s severe winter.


Under the bill, districts could lengthen school days to make up time by allowing them to calculate the school year on an hourly basis, rather than a daily basis. Also, the bill would let districts hold classes on one Saturday each month.


Corman said the bill mirrors legislation passed in 1996 after severe flooding.


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