Could Wake pick Friday as the day to release classes one hour early each week to increase planning time for teachers?
Wake could pick Friday or any other weekday it wanted as part of a plan that's expected to be implemented for the 2009-10 school year. Fridays would certainly be a popular choice with parents.
But Jennifer Lanane, president of the Wake chapter of the N.C. Association of Educators, said it would be a "deal breaker" if Fridays were chosen.
Lanane said it would be bad for teacher morale for kids to get out early on Friday but still expect staff to stay until 4 p.m. for the planning meetings.
Here's a quick recap of the proposal that was given preliminary approval by the school board this week. A final vote is expected Tuesday.
The plan is to expand the school day by 10 minutes. Most schools would probably add it to the end of the day but the details haven't been worked out yet.
The extra 10 minutes a day would add 30 hours of instructional time to the school year, enough to allow for more planning time and to stay above the state requirement of 1,000 hours a year.
Elementary and middle school would get two more half days, called early release days, each school year. Teachers would use the six early release days a year for planning time.
Teachers at all levels, including high school, would also get more planning time from meeting for an hour every week. This would come from dismissing classes one hour early on the same day each week.
Lanane served on the committee of teachers, parents and administrators that developed the recommendations to increase planning time. She said they had a lot of discussion as to what day of the week should be used for the weekly early dismissals.
Lanane said she made it clear to other committee members that Fridays were not an acceptable option. She said the principals on the committee agreed with her.
Lanane said Thursdays may also be a bad day as well. She said a day earlier in the week such as Tuesdays might be better.
It hasn't been announced yet which weekday will be used.
Lanane said the same reason would apply for not having the early release days on Fridays. Currently, they're held on Thursdays.