New law gives Hawaii schools schedule flexibility

New law gives Hawaii schools schedule flexibility

HONOLULU (AP) - A new law gives Hawaii public schools flexibility to create schedules based on the amount of days and hours required for a school year.

The union representing Hawaii's public school teachers says Gov. David Ige signed the bill Thursday.

The law requires all public schools to implement a school year of 180 days. Schools will be required to have 990 student hours in the upcoming school year and 1,080 hours in the following two school years. Charter schools and multi-track public schools are excluded.

Hawaii State Teachers Association Vice President Joan Lewis says the law will allow schools to put together schedules based on their needs.

Ige says the legislation is the culmination of many years of discussion.

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