Eye on Education: Oklahoma Snow Days

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State lawmakers today approved legislation
that would convert days to hours when it comes to student
instructional time.

The measure would change Oklahoma's minimum requirement of 180
six-hour school days to 1,080 hours per school year.

Fairview state Senator Jeff Hickman says one six-hour snow day
could be made up by extending the school day by one hour for six
days, regaining the lost instructional time. Schools in Kansas and
nine other states already use a similar system.

It could also be used to extend the school year or switch to
four-day school weeks.

State Superintendent Sandy Garrett says Oklahoma not only has
the shortest school year in the region, but the shortest in the

Oklahoma currently requires a minimum of 175 days of student
instruction a year and sets aside up to five days as professional
days for teacher development and training.

Last year, Arkansas and New Mexico required 178 days of
instruction, Texas 180 and Kansas 186. The national average is 180

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