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New Ohio Law Gets Rid of Snow Days

A new law changes gets rid of snow days for Ohio schools. The change also replaces the minimum number of days in a school year and will instead count hours, depending on grade level.

The Dayton Daily News reports the change will begin with the 2014-2015 school year. Lawmakers say this will give schools more flexibility to make up snow days by adding hours rather than tacking on days to the end of the year.

Springfield City School Superintendent David Estrop told the paper he wasn’t sure if the change would be helpful to the schools and says the issue will take further study from officials, the community and parents. He worries it could affect transportation and after care services. Fifteen states and Washington, D.C., still count minimum days instead of hours, according to the Education Commission on the States.