State lawmakers propose amnesty legislation for emergency snow days

MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (02/12/19) - School districts and lawmakers are trying figure out what to do about all the missed school days.

State Sen. Jim Ananich, a Democrat from Flint, and State Rep. Ben Frederick, a Republican from Owosso, plan introduce legislation to address the issue.

Both are calling for forgiveness or amnesty, when schools close during any weather-related emergency declared by the State of Michigan.

"Superintendents are doing what's best for the kids and the families and the teachers keeping people off the roads. So I think this is just common sense and obviously for the long term, I hope we have a conversation about how we make it look going forward, " Ananich said.

Those days would not count toward the six snow days currently allowed.

"I think it's really important to offer this flexibility because we are a state that obviously has weather events. The schools are allowed six days with an additional three possible that's been allowed this year, but even nine days as we've seen in this particularly harsh winter, there's needs to be additional flexibility granted," Frederick said.

If passed, the snow day amnesty would apply to this school year as well.

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