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Schools seek grace on year-end due to weather

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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers and the state school board are grappling with what's becoming a regular problem of squeezing a school year shortened by bad weather into a calendar that requires a 10-week summer vacation.

A state Senate committee on Wednesday would allow schedule flexibility to school districts in six mountain counties that lost a month of snow days. The bill includes Cumberland and Greene counties, where school buildings where smashed during last month's tornadoes, and Onslow County where three schools closed due to a
wildfire.

It's the fourth time since 1999 state legislators have stepped in to allow longer class days to make up for not meeting for 180 days.

State law requires schools to end their year no later than June 10 and start no earlier than August 25.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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