Shorter school year is mulled over in Mississippi

Mississippi lawmakers are considering legislation that would cut the required number of school days for students and teachers in an effort to save money. Under the bill, students would attend school for 175 days, not 180 as they do now, and teachers would work 182 days, not 187. State education chief Tom Burnham said Mississippi ranks poorly nationwide in achievement and that "reducing the number of instructional days would be a step back, not a step forward."

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