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Education Board to review snow-day waivers

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 20, 2014 at 7:55 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Board of Education is set to review requests by school districts across the state to reduce their academic years after winter storms that forced some students to miss almost a month's worth of classes.

The state board is meeting Thursday and will consider waiver requests from 75 districts. If the waivers are granted they would shorten the required 178 days of instruction for Arkansas schools seeking not to extend classes into mid-June.

At least 60 school districts have canceled part of their scheduled spring break in an effort to meet the minimum school day requirement.

A school district has to close its doors for at least 10 days to be eligible for a waiver.

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