Snow days bill signed by governor

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour on Thursday signed a bill that will give some school districts relief from trying to make up multiple days missed because of snow and ice.

The bill would allow the state Board of Education authority to let local school districts cut their school year by up to 10 days.

State law requires districts to hold school 180 days.

Because of snowfalls and freezes this year, many districts across the state have had to cancel school.

The bill would allow a district to submit a plan to the state board showing how it could make up the work missed.

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The bill is House Bill 1156.