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October 12, 2009

Student Pass

According to a recent computation, Hawaii just may have the fewest teaching days of any state public school system in the country. Our numbers were a bit below the national average to begin with, but the upcoming 17 furlough days  will apparently drop us a full two weeks or 10-days below the runner-up for fewest days, North Dakota, according to the Honolulu Advertiser. Most states shoot for 180 days of instruction; Hawaii will be at about 163 days of teaching after the furloughs are fully implemented.

 Some local schools and teachers are looking at ways to make up for this valuable lost time, and kudos to creative minds that do figure out a way to help ensure that Hawaii's public school kids don't lose valuable instruction time. Everyone knows this cutback will affect student learning. Everyone knows this will put more stress on already over-burdened faculty. Perhaps longer school days are a possibility in the future, though that option could certainly lead to complaints and problems with logistics and preparation.

 The bottom line is that the bottom line is not where it needs to be in state funding right now in order to support basic services we need to help ensure that our kids have the greatest opportunities for educational success- full school years, open libraries, and complete athletic programs. It would behoove us all for more innovative thinkers to come forward and get creative to help overcome these losses we are now seeing. Think about it…

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