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Fairfax schools seek funds for instructional time

Thursday - 9/4/2014, 8:05am  ET

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Fairfax County leaders are debating how to pay for changes in the school year calendar with the elimination of half-day Mondays for elementary students.

Fairfax schools made the change for this school year to provide more instructional time and to build in a cushion in case of inclement weather. But the additional instructional time is estimated to cost $7.6 million. The school system covered the cost this year by using leftover funds from last year.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1ps67WP ) reports school officials on Tuesday asked the county Board of Supervisors to fund full-day instruction on Mondays going forward. Superintendent Karen Garza says it's a good investment in children that could help improve academic achievement.

But some county supervisors object to the change being made before funding was in place.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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