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Ohio lawmakers take up snow days, kindergarten legislation

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House and Senate signed off on separate bills today that would eliminate a state mandate on all-day kindergarten and expand the number of school snow days.

Both were part of an education-reform package pushed last session by former Gov. Ted Strickland.

The Ohio Senate, on a vote of 23-10, passed Senate Bill 9, which would eliminate the requirement that schools offer all-day kindergarten, leaving the decision up to districts'discretion.

The Ohio House, on a vote of 92-5, passed House Bill 36, which would increase the number of school calamity days to five from three.

Both bills now head to the opposite chambers for further deliberations.

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