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New Texas Law Changes School Year From 180 Days To 75,600 Minutes

Texas students who are used to marking 100 days of school as a sign they are on the downward slope to summer might be more technically correct celebrating 42,000 minutes this year.

Because of a change in state law, the Texas Education Code no longer defines 180 days of instruction as an acceptable school year. Instead, the requirement has been changed to at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, with one day defined as 420 minutes.

“The rationale was to give districts more flexibility for making up missed instructional days,” said DeEtta Culbertson, a spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency. “This is a way for the district to not have to add additional days unless they want to.”