By ADAM BEAM and BRUCE SCHREINER
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State lawmakers have failed to agree on a bill that would relax the state's school attendance laws because of the unusual number of snowstorms this winter.
State law requires school districts to have at least 170 days and 1,062 hours of classroom instruction each school year. But some school districts have missed more than 30 days this year because of snowstorms, pushing the school year for some districts toward the end of June.
House and Senate negotiators could not agree Monday on when the school year should end. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said the bill is so important he would be willing to appoint new negotiators to try again. Lawmakers have eight legislative days left to reach a compromise.