As Hawaii's school year -- the shortest in the country -- comes to a close, educators and others are taking stock on the damage that the controversial furlough Fridays have caused. At one school, more students are attending after-school study sessions and teachers have worked to adjust lesson plans to a 163-day school year. "In standard lessons, you teach the concept and provide activities to practice those concepts," the school's principal said. "What teachers have done is teach much less of those drills and practice, and they've concentrated on the conceptual levels. Students have had to figure it out."
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