Wake school day won't grow

FROM STAFF REPORTSJune 29, 2011 

— Wake County school officials said Tuesday that they're dropping plans to add 10 minutes to the school day this fall.

The Wake school board had adopted a plan last week to extend the school day in case it was necessary to do so to get a waiver from a new state requirement that the school year be extended for students by five days for a total of 25 additional instructional hours.

But Friday, the state Board of Education approved a process for school districts to get waivers, without adding instructional time or days, if they show how the five days would be used for teacher training.

Wake will use the waiver process to provide more training for teachers on new curriculum standards being used by school districts across the country. But Superintendent Tony Tata has said days for students will be added in the 2012-13 school year.

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