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School districts use new 180-day rule

A classroom in the old St. Joseph Parish school is seen on Tuesday, April, 29, 2014. It is currently being used for parish religious education classes. (Photo from: FOX 11).
A classroom in the old St. Joseph Parish school is seen on Tuesday, April, 29, 2014. It is currently being used for parish religious education classes. (Photo from: FOX 11).

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) Wisconsin schools are wasting no time taking advantage of a new state law that threw out the required 180-day school year. Altoona, which is next to Eau Claire, decided not to make up two days of classes called off due to the excessive cold-and-snow from this past winter. District administrator Connie Bierdron said the last day of school is back to June 11th.

Governor Scott Walker signed the new law a month ago, right after both houses quickly passed it. It still requires various numbers of classroom hours for certain grades -- and Bierdron says Altoona will have held those hours.

Also, Cadott schools in Chippewa County will shut down earlier than they planned, by adding 10 minutes to each of their remaining school days. School officials said brutal winters require more flexibility for their class requirements. Rural schools also said the option for fewer-but-longer days will save gas money on their long bus routes.

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