Governor Bentley signed a bill into law on Thursday, May 5, allowing Alabama schools more flexibility in determining make-up days. The bill allows schools to adjust the number of instructional hours in each day as well as give the State Superintendent of Education the authority to excuse days for schools in "extraordinary circumstances" such as the April 27 tornadoes.
At least 18 schools in Alabama suffered damage or were destroyed in the storms and several have been affected by power outages andhad to cancel classes. The new bill will give those school districts more freedom in determining how best to serve the needs of their students and school buildings.
"I'm pleased that we could get this bill through in short order and sent to the Governor's desk so that our local school leaders know the state will support them as we recover from this disaster," said Representative Ed Henry, one of the co-sponsors of the bill.
The bill cleared both houses of Alabama Legislature and goes into effect immediately.
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