Hawaii's school year cut - Nation & World - TheSunNews.comHawaii's school year cut
By Mark Nissen - The Associated Press
HONOLULU -- At a time when President Obama is pushing for more time in the classroom, his home state has created the nation's shortest school year under a new union contract that closes schools on most Fridays for the remainder of the academic calendar.
The deal whacks 17 days from the school year for budget-cutting reasons and has education advocates incensed that Hawaii is drastically cutting the academic calendar at a time when it already ranks near the bottom in national educational achievement.
While many school districts have laid off or furloughed teachers, reduced pay and planning days and otherwise cut costs, Hawaii's 171,000 public schools students now find themselves with only 163 instructional days, compared with 180 in most districts in the U.S.
So, the teacher's union decided that the jobs of its members are more important than the education of their students, in a school system that already ranks at the bottom.
Woohooo union! Yea union! Way to put the important things first!!