snow day http://michiganradio.org en School districts get leeway in making up snow days http://michiganradio.org/post/school-districts-get-leeway-making-snow-days <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is giving school districts more flexibility in making up for snow days this academic year.</p><p>Districts that had scheduled more than the required 174 days of school can now hold just that number if they still meet the required 1,098 hours per school year. Schools that exceeded the six canceled days allowed under state law may not need makeup days.</p><p>Schools that need to add more days to the end of the school year can receive state funding as long as they have 60% of students in attendance on those days. That's down from the regular 75% attendance requirement.</p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation allowing for the changes after record snowfall and harsh temperatures this past winter.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:05:27 +0000 Mark Brush 17295 at http://michiganradio.org School districts get leeway in making up snow days Should school districts add minutes or days after snow days? And who gets to decide? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-school-districts-add-minutes-or-days-after-snow-days-and-who-gets-decide <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With many Michigan schools racking up snow days, what's the best way to make up lost time? Adding minutes onto the school day? Or adding days at the end of the school year? Should local districts be allowed to decide for themselves or should Lansing make the decision for them?</span></p><p>Bridge Magazine contributing writer Ted Roelofs dug into these questions for <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/02/snow-wars/">his story</a> in this week's Bridge.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:56:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 16514 at http://michiganradio.org Should school districts add minutes or days after snow days? And who gets to decide? State Board of Education opposes snow-day bill http://michiganradio.org/post/state-board-education-opposes-snow-day-bill <p>The State Board of Education is recommending Michigan public school districts add additional days, not additional hours, to the school year to make up for this year’s snow days.<br /><br />Last year, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill allowing districts exceeding the state's snow day limit to add hours to class time instead of extra days.<br /><br />But the law only applied for the 2012-2013 school year.<br /><br />Now legislators in Lansing are trying to extend that option indefinitely with&nbsp;House Bill 5285.<br /><br />State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, a sponsor of the bill, says districts who choose to make up for lost instruction time will have to add a minimum of 30 minutes to the school day.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:14:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16433 at http://michiganradio.org State Board of Education opposes snow-day bill A check of the weather with MLive's Mark Torregrossa http://michiganradio.org/post/check-weather-mlives-mark-torregrossa <p>This time the forecasters did not cry wolf. We got slammed by snow.</p><p>Now that the snow has fallen, we’re looking at winds and dangerous cold.</p><p>What's ahead and when will we see something resembling a more "typical" Michigan winter?</p><p>For the answers we turned to MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa, who also runs <strong><em><u><a href="farmerweather.com.">farmerweather.com.</a></u></em></strong></p><p>I just got back yesterday from nearly two weeks in Ireland, and we were checking on Torregrossa’s reports as we got ready to fly back yesterday -- wondering if we were going to beat the snow and be able to land. The answer was "yes." He was spot-on in calling what was going to happen and when.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:28:48 +0000 Cynthia Canty 15896 at http://michiganradio.org A check of the weather with MLive's Mark Torregrossa Flint area gets 'Top 10' record-breaking snowfall, Detroit... not so much http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-area-gets-top-10-record-breaking-snowfall-detroit-not-so-much <p>People are digging out from the snowstorm in much of Michigan today.&nbsp;</p><p>So did this snowstorm break records in Michigan?</p><p>In Detroit, 10.6 inches fell during the storm, not enough to crack the top-10 list for snowstorms in this area.</p><p>Here are the biggest snowfalls recorded in the Detroit area according to the National Weather Service. Most of these storms occurred prior to 1930.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:24:43 +0000 Mark Brush 15893 at http://michiganradio.org Flint area gets 'Top 10' record-breaking snowfall, Detroit... not so much Another snow day for Michigan lawmakers http://michiganradio.org/post/another-snow-day-michigan-lawmakers <p>The <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28eibcn0n4oocfdzzv0zrhphnk%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=home">state Legislature</a> is taking a second snow day. Sessions and committee meetings are canceled today because of <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/winter-storm-brings-more-foot-snow-parts-michigan">this week's winter storm</a>. The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>Thursday's cancellations include previously scheduled full sessions of the Senate and House, at least three Senate committee hearings and at least five House committee hearings. Lawmakers will resume their regularly scheduled sessions and committee hearings Tuesday.</p></blockquote><p>Lawmakers usually don't hold session on Mondays and Fridays. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 11:39:46 +0000 Zoe Clark 1143 at http://michiganradio.org Another snow day for Michigan lawmakers