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Lawmakers approve school day weather exceptions

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Some North Carolina school districts would receive exceptions to minimum instructional time this year due to storms and a fire in a bill heading to Gov. Bev Perdue's desk.

The House agreed unanimously Monday night to Senate changes to a bill that would allow districts to hold classes for 180 days or 1,000 hours of instruction. The usual school year requirement is 180 days and 1,000 hours.

The bill would apply to districts in six mountain counties where more than 20 days of classes were canceled due to winter weather. Other exceptions include districts or schools in counties declared federal disaster areas from the April tornadoes and where days were missed due to damaged buildings. Another exception covered Onslow
County schools missing days due to a wildfire in March.

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

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