The state Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for next Tuesday to erase a potential glitch in Gov. Sonny Perdue’s plan to reduce state spending by giving more than 100,000 teachers a three-day furlough.
The act of giving teachers a forced vacation (without pay) must be done through the 181 individual school systems with whom these educators have contracts.
The governor will cut allocations each school system in amounts commensurate with those furloughs. Teacher contracts are for 190 days — 180 in the classroom. Perdue is recommending that non-instruction days be sacrificed.
Again, technically, the final choice is up to the school system. However, to dip below those 190 days, each school system needs a waiver, special dispensation, from the state Board of Education.
That’s what the Tuesday meeting will address. Possibly in the form of a blanket waiver for all school systems, according to Dana Tofig, spokesman for state School Superintendent Kathy Cox. Here’s the rule involved.
Now, teachers and other concerned citizens are welcomed to attend the 8 a.m. public meeting. But according to the notice, “in order to save money, many of the State Board members will participate via conference call.”
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