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NC school board delays vote on additional classroom days

Posted December 1, 2011

— The North Carolina State Board of Education on Thursday delayed a vote to make official that public school students will be spending more days in class starting next year.

The board was to decide whether to delay compliance with a new state law expanding the current 180-day school year to 185 days, but Gov. Bev Perdue asked the board to hold off on the vote after concerns about costs and teacher training.

"Mandating these dates while failing to provide funding and, in fact, simultaneously slashing the education budget overall, merely highlights the kind of games the legislature is playing with our children’s future," Perdue said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

About half of the state's 115 school districts have asked to postpone the longer school year, and the state had planned to recommend that those requests be rejected.

"We're charged with upholding the law – both the spirit and the intent of the law – so, I don't think I have a whole lot of choice in this one," state school board Chairman Bill Harrison said Wednesday.

The General Assembly approved the five additional days earlier this year as part of the 2011-12 budget, saying it would help students score better on standardized tests while preserving a state-mandated 10-week summer vacation.

School districts complain they will have to pay for five extra days of school bus fuel, heat and electricity, and other costs despite state spending cuts.

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  • com_mon_sents Dec 2, 2011

    I think we got something...LOL...I think the teachers of this state should stand together and UNITED FRONT...and say enough is enough. The state can't threaten to lock them up. They can't lock up every teacher. I agree with those that say, teachers should stand up or shut up. YOu have to take your stand and do something about it. The first helpful thing that they could do is close down the "pink palace" on Wilmington Street downtown Raleigh. The state dept. of public instruction doesn't help a thing, they are just adding to the problem, as well as creating new problems.

  • hpr641 Dec 2, 2011

    Five more school days means five more days of overprescribed curriculum designed to teach to the test, not five more days to stimulate young minds. If it isn't working with 180 days, 185 days isn't going to fix it.
    - mom2homer

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    Well said. Have these people looked at the curriculum and confirmed that there really isn't 2.78% of stuff not absolutely necessary anywhere in it that could be cut instead of adding days? And, if we really do need an extra 5 days, then I'd like them to also explain why they're not making it 10?

  • Plenty Coups Dec 2, 2011

    plenty-"They go to jail if they strike."

    youmakeitsoeasy-"Garbage. And excuses. That's what teachers offer in this situation. Either stand up for yourselves or stop whining about lack of pay and added work."

    It's not "garbage". When the leader of the state employees association threatened a strike by state employees several years ago, the General Assembly threatened jail time for those who did it. At the very least, they would face fines and loss of jobs. Interesting how you seem to want teachers to break laws yet I'd bet you're one of those who don't want to pay for good teachers and would be screaming as loud as you can for them to get fired if they did strike. meanwhile, in our right to work state, teacher pay is next to last in the nation.

    http://public.findlaw.com/education/teachers_unions_bargaining_state_local_laws%281%29.html

  • DurhamDevil Dec 2, 2011

    I have worked for the NC public schools for 23 years. Most of what NCDPI does is a joke. As with most every state or federal agency, there are too many over-educated people trying to run the show.

    For all those people who sit in fancy offices dictating how teachers in over-crowded classrooms should do their job, get off your rear-end and put your money where your mouth is. Go back to the classroom and do what WE do. Then you will understand the teacher's plight.

    I'm not asking for a raise - just give me a break. Cut out the "pie-in-the-sky" attitude towards education and lets get back to the days where we educated kids who wanted to learn instead of babysitting kids who don't.

  • mom2homer Dec 2, 2011

    Five more school days means five more days of overprescribed curriculum designed to teach to the test, not five more days to stimulate young minds. If it isn't working with 180 days, 185 days isn't going to fix it.

  • sammyg Dec 2, 2011

    I agree with the Gov. on this...what lame-brain(s) thought it would be a good idea to cut school funding AND extend the school year? Duh!!

  • Screw WrAl Dec 2, 2011

    "...there are way more schools that are not on year round. In my district, there are none. "

    How can you have none? You need to be more educated. You new assignment plan offers you one at least, so to say there are none is just a lie or your stupidity. As far as what's wrong with them, they cost too much when every seat isn't full and since this system has no idea, apparently, how to fill those schools they have and continue to cost millions of wasted dollars that the underpaid teachers could be getting. But then, how would anyone know that since the teachers never share that little secret.

    Empty seats = wasted dollars = more unhappy teachers = Wake County.

  • Screw WrAl Dec 2, 2011

    "They go to jail if they strike."

    Garbage. And excuses. That's what teachers offer in this situation. Either stand up for yourselves or stop whining about lack of pay and added work. Maybe after a load of you are fired because of the coming budget you'll get mad enough to finally say enough is enough. If you want parents and the public to stand with you it's time you quit taking the abuse and do something about it. Law or no law.

  • Plenty Coups Dec 1, 2011

    " When's the last time teachers stood up for teachers and went on strike to protest your unfair treatment?"

    They go to jail if they strike. It's against the law in this "right to work state". I do feel though that they need to do it anyway. They can't lock up or fire them aLL.

  • com_mon_sents Dec 1, 2011

    I've always said..that every teacher should walk out lock the door and not return for several days or weeks....THEN the state will have to do some serious thinking about what is wrong today. They need to listen to teachers and take their concerns to heart. YES, I know you can not strike here in NC, but what can the state do if EVERY teacher does that. Teachers really need to take a stand and do something as a WHOLE. Do not expect that the NEA or NCAE are going to be effective either.

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