Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle's plan to use $50 million in "rainy-day" funds to cut back on teacher furlough days may require changes to state law, as current guidelines prohibit use of the funding for employee wages. Officials suggested that the law be amended or the funds be applied to other education costs, freeing money to pay teachers. Lingle's proposal would eliminate planned furlough days beginning in January by using rainy-day funds and converting planning days into instructional time.
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