(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Thursday is another snow day for many southeast Indiana school districts, meaning another day to be made up in warmer months.
Halfway through January, many districts are already nearing double digit snow days to make up.
Starting in the 2013-14 school year, snow make-up days could easily creep into June if a new proposal in the Indiana Statehouse becomes law.
State Senator Mike Delph’s (R-Carmel) bill seeks to mandate that districts begin classes after Labor Day.
The bill cleared the Senate Education Committee on a 6-3 vote Wednesday. It now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.
Delph says families would have more summer vacation time together and the switch could reduce the cost of cooling classrooms in August.
Opponents say days saved cooling classrooms in August would simply be spent cooling those same rooms in June. Arguments also include letting individual school districts craft a calendar best for their own needs.
A similar bill failed in the General Assembly last year.