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Ohio House Grants Students a Break on Make Up Calamity Days

blmiers2 / FLICKR On average, Ohio school districts have cancelled nine days of classes because of weather this school year. Some districts have used as many as 17 calamity days. A bill approved by the Ohio House Wednesday would allow districts to have four more days that students don’t have to make up, but it [...]

Why The Push for More Calamity Days Now Won’t Matter Next Year

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Earls 37a / FLICKR Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio House did not pass a bill that would have increased the number of calamity days school districts can use during bad weather. The Columbus Dispatch reports some Republican lawmakers in the House balked at the idea of giving students more days off, and paying teachers for days they [...]

Snow Days Mean Some Kids Miss Meals

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ERIC LANGHORST / FLICKR The idea of another snow day gets many kids excited. But for those who depend on school for a free or reduced price hot breakfast or lunch, another snow day could mean another day of scrounging for food. Andy Chow with the Statehouse News Bureau reports the Ohio Association of Foodbanks [...]

Thanks to Excessive Snow Days, Ohio Extends State Testing Time

MICHELLE KANU / IDEASTREAM The Ohio Department of Education says it will increase the number of weeks schools have to administer the Ohio Achievement Assessment this spring. The new testing window gives schools an extra week, from April 21st through May 16th. The first three are set aside for testing weeks, and the fourth can [...]

Gov. Kasich Says Schools Should Be Able to Take More Snow and Ice Days

BLMIERS2/ FLICKR Gov. John Kasich is calling on Ohio lawmakers to give the state’s schools extra snow days this year. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles for StateImpact Ohio, John Charlton at the Ohio Department of Education explains the Governor thinks many schools are going to exhaust the five calamity days now [...]

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