Wake County Schools

Wake school days won't get longer after all

Posted June 28, 2011

Education

— The Wake County Public School System won't be extending its school day after all, a district spokesman said Tuesday.

Last week, the state Board of Education approved a measure to allow school systems to use five additional state-mandated school days for the 2011-12 school year for teacher training instead of academic instruction.

The move came after the General Assembly added the days as part of the new state budget, and local school districts expressed concerns about financial and scheduling implications for the upcoming year.

Wake schools had planned to ask the state Department of Public Instruction to waive the additional five days in exchange for extending the school day by 10 minutes.

Spokesman Michael Evans said that in light of the state board's decision, it is opting for the training.

The waiver only applies for the 2011-12 school year.

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  • PurlsOfWisdom Jun 29, 2011

    The way I understood the original demand for more student instruction, five teacher workdays (already on the schedule) would be converted to student instruction days. Now that the busing costs would be somewhat prohibitive, the suggested instruction days are reverting back to teacher workdays.

    Teachers need that time at the end of grading periods to get ready for the next part of the teaching year. If they have a speaker come in for part of the day, that would benefit schools. If citizens really want to micro-manage their school teachers, they could demand to approve the program in advance. A lot of those "training" topics are handled internally.

    Or you could just continue to demoralize the teaching profession until it withers away to nothing. That would please the folks for whom bad news about the schools is good news for their cause: privatizing education completely.

  • corey3rd Jun 29, 2011

    what's the point of more education when the private sector doesn't care about job creation in America and prefers to outsource to China, India and Singapore. Doesn't take too much education to be a Walmart Greeter or Hooters Waitress.

  • lsmith4272001 Jun 28, 2011

    @Heat: "Last week, the state Board of Education approved a measure to allow school systems to use five additional state-mandated school days for the 2011-12 school year for teacher training instead of academic instruction." It's not just Wake County, it is all school systems. No one is "off the hook".

  • ksh33 Jun 28, 2011

    Isn't it funny how the teachers are going to get more education, but students will not? Who are we supposed to be educating anyway? M.O.M

    Really? So as times change, demands change and the world itself is changing, how are kids going to be prepared for these changes if the teachers are not able and up to par to prepare them for the changes? If you had teachers teaching kid how to work on computers that were outdated you would have a fit saying you are not preparing them for the future, the real world. Why would a teacher NOT have to be trained or educated?

  • jonnraleigh Jun 28, 2011

    Mean Old Mom... your doctor, attorney and accountant have to maintain certifications, knowledge, etc. Why would you expect any less of our teachers?

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 28, 2011

    Ooops, there's a shocker. Another law passed by the powers that be yet again to be enforced.
    Funny how the WCPSS can get off the hook for everything.
    Well everything that is unless the name Barber is attached to it.

    For the teachers, and others in the schools, we feel your pain, but if it's not working for you,
    quit.
    Please.

  • ncdaniellek Jun 28, 2011

    I applaud the decision. Year-round schedules are already printed and distributed at a cost to taxpayers. As for eduating teachers, times have changed. If you want 21st century schools, then your teachers are going to need training to improve their skills just like any other profession.

  • ravenrll Jun 28, 2011

    The days that were moved to school days were teacher work days to began with. So in fact teacher are getting no more or no less training they got last year.

  • Mean Old Mom Jun 28, 2011

    Isn't it funny how the teachers are going to get more education, but students will not? Who are we supposed to be educating anyway?

  • djofraleigh Jun 28, 2011

    first they knocked a month off the pay of teacher assistants.

    Then, they added five school days, adding 25% of assistant pay back.

    Now, they put in teacher training, which will probably leave the underpaid Assistants getting a month's less pay again. I'm guessing that is about $2000 of their $$20,000 pay, more or less.