By EMERY P. DALESIO
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The academic year for North Carolina's public school students is set to get five days longer next year.
Members of the state Board of Education said Wednesday a new state law taking away teacher training time and replacing it with five more classroom days should take effect with the new school year in August.
The state school board is scheduled to vote Thursday on a recommendation to reject all requests to delay expanding the current 180-day year to 185.
Legislators saw the law as improving standardized test scores while preserving a state-mandated 10-week summer vacation.
The extended school calendar has generated complaints from school districts statewide, which despite state spending cuts will have to pay for five extra days of school bus fuel, classroom heat and electricity, and other costs.
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