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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04

NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: JUNE 3, 2004

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION OPPOSES REDUCATION TO TEACHER WORKDAYS

The State Board of Education today approved the following position statement regarding proposed legislation to shorten the number of non-instructional teacher workdays in order to alter the school calendar for students. The Board approved the position statement unanimously and stressed the need for further study of all issues related to the school calendar, needs for teacher staff development and workdays, and the organization of the instructional year.

Currently, North Carolina's school year calendar includes 20 non-instructional workdays for teachers. On these days, teachers participate in a variety of activities including required staff development, parent-teacher conferences and instructional planning.

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Position Statement on House Bill 1464
School Calendar Changes

Progress made by North Carolina's public schools in the last decade is a result of a strong partnership between educators, parents, local communities, business leaders and state policymakers committed to an aggressive focus on

  • creating an education system of high standards and excellence;
  • providing all children the opportunity to realize their full potential, including those students most vulnerable to academic failure;
  • promoting teaching as a profession; and
  • improving the quality of professional development to ensure that all students are taught by highly qualified teachers.

The SBE is sensitive to the issues raised by the state's travel and tourism industry; however, there is concern about the long-term implications and unintended consequences of legislation to change the school calendar as currently written.

The SBE is adamantly opposed to reducing the number of non-instructional teacher workdays. North Carolina's instructional school year is already significantly shorter than others in the industrialized world. Providing teachers these workdays for professional development and planning helps to assure that the 180 instructional days for students provide the strongest instructional program possible.

The SBE strongly believes that it is the responsibility of the SBE to set standards for the school year and that school calendar decisions should be made at the local level. The SBE is concerned that H.B. 1464 presents an encroachment on local control.

The SBE strongly recommends that the General Assembly commission a comprehensive study of the issues and implications of the school calendar on student learning, family interests, and the impact on the state's economy and competitiveness.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


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