clear
Friday February 5th, 2016 10:13PM

State votes to ease snow day requirements

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) Georgia's state school board voted Thursday to ease the requirements for school districts to make up days lost because of abnormally bad weather.

Board members approved a measure allowing Georgia districts to forego making up as many as nine days lost to the ice and snow.

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 told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that students will still be required to take all standardized tests, despite spending less time in the classroom.

"It's not giving a waiver for accountability in instruction and testing," she said.

The federal government allowed Georgia to come up with its own system for evaluating schools and districts. That system, called the College and Career Ready Performance Index, replaces the evaluation system of the No Child Left Behind education law, from which Georgia has received a waiver.

Georgia would need federal permission to make big changes to or to ignore the index.

Districts can give the test anytime from March 30 through May 2 and Thursday's vote would not change that time frame, Rice said.

Board member Mike Royal said shortening the school calendars was the right thing to do because of the unusually bad weather.

``With these broad-reaching events we've had this year, I do think this is appropriate,'' board member Mike Royal said. ``I think this is a good thing to do for schools.''

© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 1 year ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 1 year ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Search for Missouri couple wanted for crimes across the South, including Ga., ends with one suspect dead and the other wounded
A weeklong search for a Missouri couple wanted in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended with one suspect dead and the other wounded Friday, after authorities say they chased the pair across the highway and through a rural neighborhood and exchanged gunfire with them in Florida's Panhandle.
By The Associated Press
9:57PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, has died in South Florida
MIAMI (AP) — Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" and later devoted his life to e...
7:35PM ( 2 hours ago )
Stocks finish another down week sharply lower on worries that the risk of a recession in the US, while still low, is growing
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month.Technology stocks fell espec...
7:19PM ( 2 hours ago )
Missing Rabun County teen located
A missing teenager from Rabun County has been located, according to officials with the Rabun County Sheriff's Office.
4:21PM ( 5 hours ago )
Georgia Supreme Court to hear Hart County case Monday
A woman seeking to visit the father she claims is in poor health in Hart County is scheduled to have her appeal heard next week by the Georgia Supreme Court.
2:46PM ( 7 hours ago )