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Schools wait on lawmakers to learn how they'll make up time missed to Hurricane Matthew

Posted October 19

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— School is slowly returning to session for many districts impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Some students missed days, others more than a week.

How they will make up that time will depend very much on the individual district and on the actions of state lawmakers when they return to Raleigh in January.

State law requires that schools provide either 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction every year. Only the legislature can change that requirement, and that is what Gov. Pat McCrory suggested it do in a speech Wednesday about hurricane recovery.

McCrory asked school boards to delay rescheduling missed school days until legislators can allow them flexibility in how to do so.

Vanessa Jeter, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Instruction, said some school systems may have enough inclement weather days and teacher work days in their calendars to cover the needed time.

Those that don't will have to wait until legislators come back in January.

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  • Sue Sloan Oct 24, 12:17 p.m.
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    Excellent point Douglas Fox, couldn't have said it better!!!
    "Those that don't will have to wait until legislators come back in January."

    hmmm...

    so, Charlotte expands rights and they call an emergency session to pass HB2 to rescind those rights and others but they can't call an emergency session to help out the schools?

    Now if that doesn't just make it clear where the GOP has its priorities.
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  • Drew Savicki Oct 20, 4:39 p.m.
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    Lawmakers need to come back to the capital and resolve this issue immediately.

  • Douglas Fox Oct 19, 10:49 p.m.
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    "Those that don't will have to wait until legislators come back in January."

    hmmm...

    so, Charlotte expands rights and they call an emergency session to pass HB2 to rescind those rights and others but they can't call an emergency session to help out the schools?

    Now if that doesn't just make it clear where the GOP has its priorities.