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March 24, 2014

Still no snow day solution from lawmakers

(Continued)

FRANKFORT —

That prompted the Senate to revise Friday’s tentative agreement to make the last school day Friday, June 13, a two-day extension compared to Friday’s negotiations. Senate negotiators also apparently wrote the “conference report” to give Holliday final authority to grant waive any days for individual districts.

But when the report reached the House, Stacy and House conferees weren’t happy. Stacy said the weekend’s investigation indicated the tentative Friday deal would only help two affected districts and the Senate simply drafted a conference report reflecting its wishes and sent it to the House without any face to face meetings.

“As of today, we don’t have any agreement,” Stacy told the full House just before the chamber adjourned.

“We’re willing to meet but we’re only interested in talking about relief for all the districts and not just two of them,” Stacy said afterward.

Wilson also said a deal on how to help local districts “is dead at this point.”

The number of missed days varies widely among school districts which are supposed to “build in” a number of extra days for bad weather based on the highest number of missed days in any given year during the past five. Nevertheless, at least 10 districts have missed more than 30 days this year.

Districts don’t want to extend the calendar much into June and face the ire of parents who’ve made vacation plans. But they need an answer from Frankfort soon because they’ve got to determine an end date to accommodate end-of-the-year testing and set dates for graduation.

RONNIE ELLIS writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at rellis@cnhi.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.

 

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