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Grasmick looks left.jpgMaryland officials are considering cutting the number of required days of instruction to help deal with days lost because of the recent snowstorms.

Maryland Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick said school systems should be allowed to dip under the 180-day minimum that is required by state law. She planned to make the recommendation to the state Board of Education, which has final say over the matter.

Educators in Prince George's and Montgomery counties have expressed preliminary support for waiving the 180-day requirement.

Grasmick also said she would make a decision about pushing back statewide standardized tests in consultation with local superintendents.

Virginia lawmakers are also considering a reduction in their state's minimum requirements.

-- Michael Birnbaum

By John Wagner  |  February 13, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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This shortchanging of children is the worst idea I have heard in months.

Maryland and Montgomery County are both facing deficits. The first place we should look to eliminate the deficit is to furlough the school officials who want to cut the school year. If you want to pontificate and vacation at the expense of our kids, don't expect us to pay you for it.

Posted by: robinficker | February 13, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

If Robin Ficker is against this idea, mark me 1,000 percent in favor of it.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | February 13, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

this is a ridiculous idea. american children need more, not fewer, days of instruction. come ON.

Posted by: stellabloom13 | February 13, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

this is not a ridiculous idea, its a very smart one. how else are they going to make up the school days ? you have to be completely crazy if you think the children need more days in school. insanity. this snow storm changes everything so if you want to go to the school and make up the days for the children be my guest, but no one else wants to be going to school during the summer.

Posted by: amandaxcullen | February 17, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

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