Doyle Vetoes Shorter School Year, Longer School Days Proposal

A bill to allow school districts to lengthen the school day and shorten the school year didn't get far with Governor Jim Doyle. He vetoed it along with three other education-related bills Tuesday.

Under the bill to allow a shorter school year, schools would have been allowed to cut five days from the 180-day school year by adding ten minutes to each day.

Doyle says that would result in a weaker public education at the same time US students need better preparation to compete with youngsters around the world.

Supporters had contended the additional flexibility would have allowed schools to operate four days a week or even take more time off during the winter months to save on fuel and other operational expenses.