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Michigan Board of Education shares opinion about snow days

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(02/13/14) - Parents and school leaders are speaking out, Thursday, about schedules for the rest of the academic year.

The State Board of Education is encouraging districts to add extra school days to the calendar rather than more class time to the day.

This comes after students across the state have missed multiple days in class because of the severe winter weather.

Some parents say they'd rather see longer school days than a longer schedule.

Nancy Murphy's son is like thousands of students in Mid-Michigan. Severe weather kept him and his Bentley classmates home on seven scheduled school days. Now they will have to make up for that loss time.

School districts are allowed six grace days for bad weather and other situations.

"It's a little frustrating, but what are you going to do when mother nature intervenes?" said Nancy Murphy, a parent.

The State Board of Education is recommending that districts add extra days rather than extend currently scheduled days.

They say that's the best way for students to learn. Not every parent agrees.

"They already have summer plans. We already have summer plans, so yes, for me, because they're mostly done before 4, I would prefer them to have the longer school days instead of the ones at the end," said Holli Kreinbring, a parent.

"I am an advocate of adding on to the end of the year as opposed to adding hours. I think that kids check out toward the end of the day anyway," Murphy said.

The State Board's recommendation comes in response to pending legislation that would allow schools to simply add an additional 30 minutes per day. If this bill passes, it will be up to districts to make the final decision.

Bentley's superintendent favors the idea of adding extra days.

"I think it allows you to maintain the integrity of an instructional day rather than extending an hour, hours are, the period is defined as it is for a reason, a students learning and focus has an end, it has a limit," said Rebakah Dupois, superintendent of Bentley Community Schools.

Dupuis is meeting with union representatives Thursday to discuss this topic.

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