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State considers waiving requirement of 180 school days

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With two rounds of recent winter weather, Georgia's Board of Education will consider waiving the requirement that students get the equivalent of 180 days of school.

"If we don't give them that flexibility, we're really being heavy handed in not allowing them that flexibility to determine what's best for their district," said board spokesman Matt Cardoza.

With furloughs and bad weather, some school districts need to make up nearly a dozen days of school this year. 

"I just feel like they shouldn't try to do it during spring break because people already have vacation plans, that kind of thing, but I think kids should make them up," said Reginald Ford, the parent of a seventh-grader in DeKalb County.

School districts are debating whether to add minutes to the day, cut days from spring break or add classes at the end of the school year.

"We are approaching the testing season, and we have two or three major exams coming up," said Quinn Hudson, a spokesman for DeKalb County Schools, who said the district is waiting for the state's next move.

The state board of education will vote on the waiver Thursday morning. If the waiver is granted, individual school districts can then decide how many days to make up and when to schedule them.

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