Proposal to extend Ohio's school year under review

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The governor's plan to add 20 days to Ohio's school year didn't make it into the new budget, but it will get a closer look.

Over the next year, education leaders will study whether the state can pay to keep schools open longer and how an extended school year will affect students and teachers.

Ohio lawmakers decided against including the plan in the new state budget finalized last week and instead wanted more time to review the idea.

What could emerge is a radically different school calendar that allows Ohio's schools to decide whether to add extra time each day or lengthen the school year.

One change is coming for the school year starting in 2010: Schools will get just three calamity days for bad weather instead of five.

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