It doesn't look like state education leaders are okay with the Wake school board's request to cut the school day by a year to allow employees to serve their furlough time.
As noted in today's article by Lynn Bonner, State Education CEO Bill Harrison said "I don't think so" when asked whether a waiver would be granted to Wake. Instead, the state Board of Education adopted procedures for when employees can take their 10 hours off.
The state is saying teachers can use planning periods on instructional days so long as substitutes don't need to be hired. That could increase pressure on Wake to use the early release and early dismissal time on Wednesdays.
But the state doesn't seem to have addressed how people such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers can take off the time. That was a concern raised by Wake school board member Lori Millberg on Tuesday.
"You can’t just give our employees time off," Millberg said. "They’ve got students in their classrooms. They’ve got students on their buses. They’ve got students in their cafeterias. They can’t just leave.”
Click here to read the resolution the school board passed on Tuesday.