21 May 2009

School Calendar Bill Questioned as Special Session Nears

With Gov. Joe Manchin aiming to revive failed bills from his regular session agenda during the upcoming special session, The Charleston Gazette reports that he hopes to include "a proposal to assure that students receive 180 days of classroom instruction each year."

But the Charleston Daily Mail reports that "the House and Senate education committees, which had several sharp disagreements during the regular session that ended in April, are unlikely to reach an agreement" on that measure.

The Legislature returns May 26 to complete a new state budget for the next fiscal year. Manchin's multi-item special session will run during or after that. Both he and lawmakers expect to wrap up by June 6.

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