Duncan criticizes Hawaii for cutting learning time

10/25/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Education Secretary Arne Duncan sharply criticized Hawaii's decision to go through with plans to close its schools for 17 Fridays this school year. "All states are under financial pressure, but none are cutting this much learning time from their school year," Duncan wrote in a newspaper editorial. Although Hawaii has received some $105 million in federal education stimulus money and is expected to get another $52 million, it has a $3 billion shortfall in its overall budget through June 2011.

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