Gov: Ohio should allow more school calamity days

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Several Ohio lawmakers have proposed letting school districts take up to four additional weather-related days off this year, following a call from the governor.

Republican state Reps. Tony Burkley and Brian Hill introduced the measure on Monday. GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) had earlier Monday urged adding some extra calamity days on a one-time basis because of this year’s unusually severe weather.

Kasich said many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, or soon will. That means districts will have to extend the school year, which he says would “wreak havoc” on school budgets and schedules.

His call came as the second deep freeze this month was forecast. Temperatures in some areas of Ohio were heading into double digits below zero Monday night.

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