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A House committee has approved a bill that would forgive public schools up to 10 missed school days because of winter weather.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Representative John Will Stacy (D-71st Dist) presented House Bill 410 before the House Committee on Education earlier today. While he received positive comments about the proposed legislation, there was some pushback.

If passed, House Bill 410 would provide a waiver for up to 10 instructional days for school districts facing dozens of snow makeup days this school year.

"Schools are calling me, my schools are calling me and saying, what are you guys gonna do? Is this going to be a drawn out process?" Rep. Brian Linder (R-61st Dist.) commented.

Several representatives at the committee hearing today voiced their interest in fast-tracking the legislation for their constituents sake.

"WInter is not over. There could be flooding, there could be water main breaks that could cause districts to lose additional days," said Rep. Stacy.

"This is something that we've got to think about. We've got to take care of our kids. And I'm telling you what, they're precious. We as legislators, that's our responsibility," said Rep. Charles Miller (D-28th Dist).

Several representatives had questions, though, about how the wavered days would affect SEEK funds, which take into account attendance days. Representative Mary Lou Marzian out of Jefferson County, said instead of considering this year and the weather a special circumstance, that leaders should start to consider this the norm and look at other ways to deal with snow days.

"I think we really need to start thinking about maybe, year-round school where kids are out a week or two in the winter, so we can adjust the schedule a bit more easily," said Rep. Marzian.

Even though the bill passed the committee, it didn't do so with a unanimous vote, which means will likely be up for further discussion on the House floor.


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