H. 3583 was originally introduced to give school districts the ability to waive the missed days because of the recent snow. In the Senate today, the debate turned into a great debate of flexibility in general. Sen. Greg Ryberg offered an interesting amendment that unfortunately failed. His amendment removed the 180 day requirement and allows the number of school days a determination of the local school board. As I’ve always said, I’m in favor of reducing the amount of regulation on our teachers, principles, and administrators from the state level. I also support choice and competition. Switching the accountability from Columbia to the parents is the most sensible remedy to solve our education problems. The bill received 2nd reading today allowing for all school districts to give up to 3 days off, mainly because of budget restrictions.