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MADISON – The Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill last week that would end the requirement of schools to teach for 180 days each year or lose state funding.
The bill would relax the mandate for 180 days as long as districts continue to meet the state’s mandated minimum hours of instruction at all grade levels, which is 1,137 hours for high school and middle school, 1,050 hours for elementary and 437 hours for kindergarten.
This bill, if signed by Governor Scott Walker, would help the school districts who are scrambling to add days to their calendar because they’ve used up all their “inclement weather” days by allowing them to make up the time by adding more minutes to the day.