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State school board asked to give weather exemption

Lawmakers, governor are asking districts be exempt from 180-days of classes requirement because winter weather shut down schools this week.

Posted: Sat Jan 20 06:31:35 PST 2018
Updated: Sat Jan 20 06:31:36 PST 2018

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many local school districts did not hold classes this week because of snow and ice covered roads. and there's always a concern by school districts about missing days because mississippi districts are required to have classes for 180 days every school year. well now, somestate representativesare asking the state board of education to grant an exemption to those districts for the 180 day requirement. a lawmaker from desoto county posted the letter to facebook on thursday, and it has signatures by many representatives from our area. then late this morning, governor phil bryant posted on twitter that he had declared a state of emergency for public school districts in mississippi affected by this week's winter weather. the proclamation says it may befinancially difficultfor some districts to have 180 days of classes at this point. however, bryant acknowledged the authority to exempt districts rests with the state school board. at this point, there's no word which way the board will go on this. live in tupelo, morgan burger, w-t-v-a nine news. a fifth person has
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