Controversial School Reduction Idea Still Alive

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

A bill in the Mississippi Legislature that will cut back school days and furlough teachers has already passed the Senate and the House vote may not be far behind.

The bill would reduce the number of student days to a minimum of 175 versus the current 180 days.

The bill also includes a mandatory two days of furlough for teachers.

Lawmakers say for every day furloughed, a district would be able to save seventeen teachers' jobs.

"They're looking for ways to save money and we need for them to look for ways to save money," said state Rep. Greg Snowden. "We're going to give them less money and we should give them some flexibility to try to work out their instruction schedules. But if I had to say, I'd say the furloughs have a good opportunity of passage. I'm not so much sure about the instructional day reduction. "

"Superintendents do not want to cut any instructional days, but at the same time, we realize we have got to find some money, some way, somehow," said Lauderdale County superintendent Randy Hodges.

The bill still has to pass the House and be signed by the governor before it would become law.

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