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Lawmakers lift 180-day school requirement

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin public schools would no longer have to open their classrooms for 180 days a year, under a bill passed by the state Assembly. The measure was sent to Governor Scott Walker yesterday on a voice vote, after the Senate approved it earlier.

Schools would still have minimum classroom hours that vary according to grade levels. Mother Nature was the biggest lobbyist for this bill, as most Wisconsin schools were closed for at least four days due to the bitter cold temperatures in January and February. Under the new measure, schools could have the option of having longer and fewer days. Rural school officials say it would help them cut down on busing costs throughout their large districts.