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Lawmakers decide against special session to solve Furlough Fridays

Rep. Roy Takumi Rep. Roy Takumi
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lawmakers will not hold a special session to try to fix the furlough situation in schools.

Democrats with the state House of Representatives met Thursday behind closed doors.

They will urge the Department of Education, the teachers' union and the governor's office to meet again to try to come up with a new contract.

The current contract eliminated 17 instructional days at school, making Hawaii's academic year the shortest in the country.

Lawmakers determined even if they went into special session, there really isn't anything they can do until the contract is re-negotiated.

"There is very little the legislature could do," said education chairman Rep. Roy Takumi. "Even if we passed a bill that used hurricane relief fund or raises taxes, the contract says 17 furlough days and that's the end of that."

Furlough Fridays are on the agenda when the Board of Education meets in less than half an hour.

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