In an effort to provide more flexibility at the local level and allow school districts to customize their annual school calendars, the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 191 with bipartisan support.
House Bill 191 changes the minimum school year for districts and chartered nonpublic schools from 182 days to a requirement of 455 hours for half-day kindergarten, 910 hours for grades 1 through 6, and 1001 hours for grades 7 through 12. The change would go into effect during the 2013-2014 school year.
Additionally, House Bill 191 requires districts to hold public hearings on the school calendar 30 days prior to adoption, and requires consultation between districts, community schools and chartered nonpublic schools regarding the impact of any change on transportation and scheduling.
House Bill 191 will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.