Due to the high number of “snow days” school districts have taken this winter, the state would temporarily suspend its requirement for the minimum number of classroom days under a bill the Minnesota Senate passed on Thursday.

Democrat Susan Kent objected that the measure is too broad and, “It allows a lot of flexibility to school districts to significantly cut the hours of learning for our students.”

Republican Carla Nelson responded, “School districts know better about when and which days they need to cut their calendar short by.”

The Senate bill is open-ended on how many snow days school districts can take without making them up. A bill moving through the House would allow only three, for days missed during the worst of the polar vortex at the end of January.