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NEW INFORMATION: Senate passes bill allowing shorter school years

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that found widespread support from educators and legislators. It now heads to the Assembly.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin schools are one step closer to having the flexibility to teach more hours for fewer days a year.

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that found widespread support from educators and legislators. It now heads to the Assembly.

Rural schools applauded the proposal as a way to save money by keeping doors closed and avoiding higher transportation costs.

The bill also would allow the state Department of Public Instruction to reimburse schools for periods outside regular and summer school calendars.

Leaders from bigger districts say they like the flexibility for funding from the state and the elimination of state mandates.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) --A bill that would allow Wisconsin schools to extend school days and shorten school years to save money is up for a vote in the Senate this week.

The bill would get rid of the requirement that schools teach for 180 days or lose state funding. Schools are still required to teach the same number of hours under the bill.

Another change under the law allows the state Department of Public Instruction to fund remedial courses and interim school sessions. The package is being viewed as a cost saving measure for districts that have seen state funding decrease in recent years.

Three Democrats joined the bill's Republican sponsors, and DPI and other education groups have voiced strong support for the proposal.


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