The state Board of Education is urging schools to exceed the minimum number of class hours that would be permitted in a new state law.


The state Board of Education is urging schools to exceed the minimum number of class hours that would be permitted in a new state law.

The board adopted a resolution Thursday urging districts to give students more than 1,050 hours of class time in a school year.

House Bill 1864 calls for 1,080 hours in a school year, but that includes five six-hour professional days, cutting instructional hours to 1,050.

The new law allows schools to have longer school days, thus trimming the traditional 175-day school calendar.

In the past, the board and state School Superintendent Sandy Garrett have advocated increasing the number of days students go to school.


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