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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina public school officials are overriding a requirement for 185 classroom days after local school districts complained about the extra costs to operate buses and buildings.

State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson said Tuesday that school districts estimated it could cost them about $14 million. She approved exemptions for all but about two dozen of the state’s 115 school districts.

School leaders also said since the extra days would be taken out of time allotted for teacher preparation, it would displace needed training time before a statewide course of study starting out next fall.

The General Assembly last summer voted to extend the calendar while preserving a state law requiring a 10-week summer vacation.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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