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State Senator Wants To Lengthen First, Last Days Of School

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) -- The super-short days that begin and end the school year could become things of the past in Illinois.

As WBBM Newsradio's Dave Dahl reports, a bill now awaiting a state Senate vote would make the first and last days of school no shorter than five hours.

Sponsoring Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) says going for an hour or two on the first and last days of school makes no sense.

"I think there's a trend to say we need more instruction time, not less instruction time – maybe the day should be longer, maybe we should have year-round school, all those sorts of things," Luechtefeld said, "and that seems to be the consensus that we need to move in that direction, and certainly, this would be a small step.

Luechtefeld's bill has already passed the Senate Education Committee.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio's Dave Dahl reports

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