By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — There are no plans, for now at least, to give relief to school districts across the state struggling, due to a winter of relentless bad weather, to meet the state’s 180-day schooling requirement.READ MORE: Woman Fatally Shoots 2 Attempted Robbers In South Philadelphia, Police Say
Pennsylvania law requires schools to hold 180 days of classes each academic year. That must include 900 hours of instruction for elementary students and 990 hours for secondary students.
Tim Eller, a spokesman for the Department of Education, says the secretary does have some latitude to allow districts to hold some Saturday sessions for graduating seniors. Otherwise, he says, only the legislature can grant relief — and the last time it did that was almost twenty years ago.READ MORE: Viewing, Funeral Services Held Monday For Philadelphia Firefighter Lt. Sean Williamson
Eller says the education secretary may make a recommendation — but not for a while.
“She’s not going to move forward until at least the winter season passes. We still have several weeks of winter left,” Eller notes.
Spokesmen for the majority leaders of both the state House and Senate say there has been no discussion yet about relief from the 180-day rule.MORE NEWS: Jan. 6 Panels Calls Surprise Hearing To Present New Evidence