For the second year in a row, the Wake County school system has been exempted from the legislative requirement that students get five more days and 25 additional hours of classes to the school year.
Wake was among the 91 school districts who received waivers last Monday for the 2012-13 school year from State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson. The State Board of Education, which initially balked at allowing waivers for the 2012-13 school year, decided earlier this month to give Atkinson the permission to grant them.
Wake, like most school districts, cited the need to train teachers on the common core on why they shouldn't have to add the extra days. In addition to providing more training time, Wake Superintendent Tony Tata says the waiver will save $1.4 million in transportation costs.
Interestingly, the state listed Wake as asking for a waiver from all five days. Wake initially only asked for a partial waiver.