A new bill introduced would put more local control over setting school calendars
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A new bill introduced would put more local control over setting school calendars

Date: December 5, 2012
By: Alexander Mallin
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 43

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School districts in Missouri might have more flexibility in constructing school calendars.
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Wrap: Representative Lyle Rowland says separating the state from controlling the length of school calendar years would grant districts the localized control that could cut down costs.

Rowland, a Republican from Taney County, served as a school district administrator for 20 years before coming to the legislature.  

He has introduced a bill that would  allow school districts to set the length of their school years by the number of hours in the classroom, not the number of days.

Actuality:  ROWLAND.WAV
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Description: "In tough times, in short supply of money, you know, some people, some school districts may want to go to four day weeks."
 
 
Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

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A Missouri lawmaker is working to give school districts more control over the number of days kids are kept in school.
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Wrap: Currently the state requires districts to decide whether students should attend school on a four or five-day-a-week basis.

But Republican Representative Lyle Rowland has introduced a bill that would allow school districts to set the length of their school years in the number of hours spent in the classroom, instead of days.

Actuality:  ROWL2.WAV
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Description: "I think it's been out there for awhile talked about and been discussed over the interim. I havent had any teacher groups that have come forward in opposition to it."

Rowland says school districts might be able to save money on utility costs by being open fewer days each year.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.


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