Oklahoma bill for more school days OK'd by Senate committee

Published: February 27, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate committee has approved a bill that could add five days to the state's school year.

Republican Sen. Gary Stanislawski of Tulsa introduced the bill to the Appropriations Committee Wednesday, where it passed 17-1. It now heads to the full Senate.

The bill would provide for five additional days of school if there's enough money to cover it. That would bring the total number of days to 185.

Stanislawski says he's still waiting for a formal fiscal impact report but estimates the cost statewide would be $25 million to $30 million per day.

Committee member Sen. Brian Crain says he applauds the proposal, which he says has come up before but always has been sidetracked.