GOVERNOR LINGLE PROPOSES NEW PLAN TO RETURN STUDENTS TO SCHOOL
HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle is proposing an updated plan to immediately end Furlough Fridays. Her plan would return public school students to class for the 21 remaining furlough days that would be lost between now and the end of the next school year.
The proposal would:
“This plan recognizes it is important to restore both the quantity and quality of instructional time our children receive in public school,” Governor Lingle stated. “Making the superintendent of education directly accountable to the governor ensures there is one person ultimately in charge of improving our schools. We won’t see progress until this happens.”
Prompt adoption of this plan would give teachers an opportunity to vote on the proposal prior to the next scheduled furlough day on April 23. Parents would have time to adjust back to the normal school calendar with the least amount of disruption to their family schedules.
This new plan builds upon previous proposals made in November 2009 and January 2010. It reflects a shift away from requiring teachers to give up all of their non-instructional time. Key members of the Legislature were briefed on the plan earlier this month.
The proposal will need to be offered to the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association by the employer group, consisting of the Governor, Board of Education and Department of Education.
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