Too many snow days? Give schools flexibility

Feb 21, 2019 by

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared education in Michigan to be in a state of crisis at last week’s State of the State address. She’s correct in calling attention to what’s ailing public education. Given this reality, it’s not a good time for students to be spending less time in class.

Regarding education, Whitmer said: “It impacts every one of us — our employers, our workers and all of our children. Today, third-graders in Michigan rank in the bottom 10 in the country in reading. The bottom 10.”

That’s a problem.

And it’s why we’re concerned some lawmakers want to give schools a free pass on making up a growing number of snow days this winter. Current state law allows districts six days for emergencies, such as snow and freezing temps. And schools can seek waivers for three additional days.

Source: Editorial: Too many snow days? Give schools flexibility

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