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Zais says shorter school year a last resort

Jan 13, 2011 1:06:00 PM - thestate.com
New state Superintendent of Education Mick Zais told lawmakers today that shortening the school year to save money should be a last resort.

The state must cut $830 million from its budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and some lawmakers have said one money-saving option is cutting the school year by five to 10 days, saving from $100 million to $200 million.

However, Zais said S.C. students – many of whom go to school fewer days during the school year vs. their peers internationally – need all the time they can get in class.

For more on Zais’ testimony, see tomorrow’s State.

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