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Bill advances to help schools displaced by disasters

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A bill has cleared committee that would create a way for schools displaced by disasters to side-step state requirements for instructional minutes.

State law requires that public schools provide a minimum number of instructional minutes each year. 

HB20, authored by state Rep. Ed Price, D-Gonzales, would create a possible exemption for any school that had to close and share space with another school because of a disaster. The administration of the school still would need approval from state education officials, under the bill that was introduced.

The change would only apply to schools that were forced to move class to another school because of a declared disaster. For instance, Westside Elementary School in Scott was closed after the August floods for repair. Those students now share space with Scott Middle School and N.P. Moss School. As written, the bill would allow Westside to apply for an exemption. 

As written, the bill does not apply to schools that simply closed for a few days because of the disaster. 

The bill was unanimously passed along by House committee, and now is pending floor action in the House. If approved, it will pass to Senate committee, and if favorably received there, to a vote on the Senate floor.

If you'd like to read the bill, or keep up with its status, click here

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