June 28, 2016

Partly sunny

State looks at adding back snow days for school districts

COLUMBUS — Ohio lawmakers are moving to give back to snowbound school districts two calamity days they lost under former Gov. Ted Strickland.

The state Senate Education Committee today held a hearing on a plan to increase the current allotment of three “snow days” to the old five days.

The bill’s sponsor told The (Toledo) Blade that schools in his part of northern Ohio already have closed more than three times this winter. Sen. Tim Grendell of Chesterland says the make-up days that must then be added to the end of the school year can be unproductive and expensive.

Gov. John Kasich supports more calamity days. State Sen. Peggy Lehner, who chairs the education panel, tells the Dayton Daily News lawmakers want to pass a bill next month.