Hawaii Lawmakers OK Funding to Restore School Days
Hawaii lawmakers voted late Friday night to set aside enough money to reopen schools on all of next year's scheduled furlough days, ending the nation's shortest school year if the governor agrees.
A conference committee voted unanimously on a measure to spend $67 million from a hurricane relief fund — the first time money has been allocated to stop the teacher furlough days that have already kept students out of class for 14 days this school year.
The Legislature's action puts pressure on Gov. Linda Lingle to agree to spend the money and send more than 170,000 public school students back to class on 17 planned teacher furlough...
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