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GA eyes plan to ease snow day requirements

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Georgia's state school board is considering how to ease the burden on school districts to make up days lost because of abnormally bad weather.

Districts statewide have been forced to cancel classes numerous times this school year because of ice and snow.

Under a plan that will be considered by the Georgia's State Board of Education on Thursday, districts would not be required to make up nine days lost to weather. Georgia schools are normally required to be open to students at least 180 days a year, although some districts receive special waivers to have a shorter school year.

Education board chairwoman Helen Rice tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution students will still be required to take all standardized tests, despite spending less time in the classroom.

Georgia is not the only state eying similar changes in the wake of the winter storms that hit the South. A North Carolina lawmaker wants the state to leave it up to local districts to decide when to start and end classes.

And in South Carolina, Senate President Pro Tem John Courson said the Senate will take up a measure that allows school boards to forgive up to five days of classes canceled because of severe weather.

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