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Posted at 4:44 PM ET, 03/17/2010

Moco schools won't make up snow days

By Valerie Strauss

Montgomery County students will not have to make up the five days they missed because of back-to-back blizzards in February, thanks to a waiver the system just received from state education officials, a school system spokesman said.

The school system has lost nine days of instruction due to snow this year—December 21-23, February 3 and February 8-12. The Montgomery County Board of Education had built four snow days into the 2009-2010 calendar, leaving five that had to be made up in some fashion.

Maryland State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick just granted the waiver, as expected last month when the state Board of Education told school districts they could request a break from the legal requirement that students must be in school 180 days a year.

School will end, as scheduled, on June 16, assuming there are no more emergency cancellations this year.


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By Valerie Strauss  | March 17, 2010; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  Montgomery County Public Schools  | Tags:  Montgomery County Public Schools  
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Oh my, lets not punish the teacher's union with such minor details such as: state laws (180 days minimum) instead lets dock their pay for the 5 days they didn't work.

Maryland State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick show some leadership instead of caving to the whining from Montgomery County. Will you grant waivers to every county in the state too? Didn't think so.

Posted by: ybnormal1 | March 18, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Hey Valerie Strauss does the Washington Post even care to provide comments from outraged Montgomery county parents.

Valerie how many other counties have also requested shortchanging their students?

Posted by: ybnormal1 | March 18, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Several other counties in the State had already had their requests for a waiver granted, prior to MoCo (including Prince George's).

Posted by: anniels | March 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Parents would complain if the school year were longer because it would ruin vacation plans, camp schedules and games.

Posted by: celestun100 | March 19, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

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