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A new bill in the Iowa Senate could change how long the school year runs


The bill has already passed the house.

It would change the minimum school year system requirement from 180 days to 1080 classroom hours.

It would also change a typical school day from 5.5 hours to 6 hours.

Mike Cormack the Policy Liaison for the Iowa Department of Education, says total classroom instruction time currently varies between parts of Iowa.

He says in some places, districts are already at that 6 hours.

"Local districts would have much more time and forward, local districts would have much more discretion on how they would they reach the amount of instruction that they're intended to do," Mike Cormack, the Policy Liaison for the Iowa Department of Education said.

Cormack says, that means districts could choose to add more school days, or make school days, longer.

"What we want to get away from are districts trying to check a box on a form, that if they had snow days, and they tag days on at the end of the year, how meaningful are some of those days?" Cormack said.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill as a separate measure in two weeks.

However, the measure is also included in the Education Reform bill which is expected to reach the governor's desk at the end of the legislative session.

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