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      House approves additional snow days for Ohio school districts

      <p> <font color="#000000" size="2">The Ohio House has approved a plan to forgive up to four additional days off this year for school districts because of the winter season's extreme weather.</font> </p>

      The Ohio House has approved a plan to forgive up to four additional days off this year for school districts because of the winter season's extreme weather.

      A compromise requires teachers to report on two of those days for professional development.

      The measure approved Wednesday will next head to the Senate for approval.

      Snow and frigid temperatures has led many districts across Ohio to exhaust their five allowable calamity days. Some have cancelled classes for 10 or more days.

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      In January, Gov. Kasich urged the Ohio General Assembly and the Ohio Department of Education to work together on legislation that would provide a one-time increase in the number of days school districts can take off due to snow or inclement weather.

      So far, this school year, districts in northwest Ohio have used up and exceeded the five days currently allotted by the state for calamity days. Toledo Public, Sylvania, and Perrysburg are just a few of the many districts that, under the current plan, will have to make up any days taken over the days currently allowed.

      Supporters of the extra days say concern about lost days shouldn't outweigh the safety of children.

      Opponents said schools aren't doing enough to make up the lost days on the weekends or through longer school days.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)