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Education

February 10, 2014

Schools run short on snow days, adjust schedules

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In Indiana and Ohio, cancellations and delays have raised concerns about whether teachers have enough time to prepare students for statewide assessments this spring, which factor into school rankings and other performance measures. Ohio education officials have discussed the possibility of expanding the testing window to give schools a few extra preparation days, state Department of Education spokesman John Charlton said.

The Providence, R.I., district absorbed two of its three snow days by canceling planned teacher development days and will add a makeup day at year's end. In southeast Virginia, Suffolk will have classes on Presidents Day and Memorial Day, drawing some complaints from parents.

"Some people say these holidays shouldn't be messed with, some say don't take any of my spring break," Suffolk schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw said, noting that it's impossible to please everyone.

Darcie Fisher, a mother of two girls from West Bridgewater, Mass., said schools do the best they can to accommodate snow days.

"Some years you get a ton of snow with a lot of snow days, some years you don't," Fisher said. "It's like playing roulette. Some years it works out, other years, it doesn't."

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Seewer reported from Toledo, Ohio. Associated Press writers Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia; Denise Lavoie and Paige Sutherland in Boston; Jeni O'Malley in Indianapolis; Michelle R. Smith in Providence, R.I.; Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, N.Y.; Brock Vergakis in Norfolk, Va.; Ben Nuckols in Washington; John Christoffersen in New Haven, Conn.; and David Dishneau in Hagerstown, Md., contributed to this report.

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