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Hawaii schools scale back extended learning time

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:33 a.m. HST, May 17, 2013

The state is scaling back a move to provide extra learning time for struggling schools.

Extended learning time for low-performing schools in Waianae, Kau, Keaau and Pahoa was heralded as a stride toward progress on reforms that won Hawaii a federal $75 million grant.

The plan called for about an hour more per day and 12 additional days of teacher training. That represents about 18 percent more teacher pay.

Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe says only Waianae Elementary and the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind will get the compensated extra time next school year.

The teacher's union says the state didn't do a good job of maximizing the extra time during the pilot period. Hawaii State Teachers Association Executive Director Al Nagasako says many teachers depended on the extra income.

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