Lawmakers in the state House have approved a $2 million program to encourage schools to go year-round. Schools in mostly low-income areas could get money from the state to add air-conditioning and other things allowing them to operate in the summer.
Governor Rick Snyder called for the program in his budget address last month. He says students lose too much of what they learn after long summer breaks.
But state Representative Ed McBroom says the state shouldn’t push education policy by dangling money in front of cash-strapped school districts.
Students would still have to go to school the same number of days every year – they would just be more spread out.
The bill now goes to the state Senate.