Miss. teachers could face a few unpaid days off

By The Assocated Press

JACKSON — Financially struggling Mississippi school districts could get the option of making teachers take unpaid days off for each of the next two school years.

The final version of a bill that passed the House and Senate on Friday says districts could require up to three furlough days for 2010-11 and 2011-12.

It specifies that teachers would take the furloughs on nonacademic days — generally, when they’re in training.

The bill goes to Gov. Haley Barbour, and he hasn’t said whether he’ll sign it into law.

Legislators removed provisions that would’ve shortened the academic year by five days. That was debated, but critics said it would hurt student achievement.

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The bill is House Bill 1170.