March 1, 2014
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate passed Substitute House Bill 416, a measure that would provide additional calamity days for Ohio schools to use during the 2013-2014 academic year. The legislation, however, is now on hold after Ohio’s House of Representatives refused to concur with the Senate version of Amended Substitute House Bill 416 by a vote of 39-56.
The bill must go to a conference committee to resolve differences. That committee is expected to meet next week with a full vote by the House and Senate not scheduled until March 12.
The Senate Education Committee had adopted a substitute version of HB 416 that would have required the Ohio Department of Education to waive up to four additional days due to a calamity, such as hazardous weather conditions, for the 2013-2014 school year, provided that the district follow its own contingency plan for making up five unwaived calamity days. The board of education, by resolution, must signal its intent to request the additional waived days. The House had previously approved two additional calamity days and two permissive professional days for all staff, but did not require the use of the contingency plan.
Once on the Senate floor, the bill was amended to three calamity days and one professional development day and would require schools to use four of their contingency days before being able to use additional calamity days. That bill passed the Senate unanimously.