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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s public school students could sit in classrooms for longer but for fewer days in a change to the long-running debate about the academic calendar.

The General Assembly this week passed legislation giving school districts the choice of complying with yearly minimums by meeting for 185 classroom days or 1,025 hours beginning in 2013. Schools previously had to meet minimums of both the number of hours and the number of days.

Leanne Winner of the North Carolina School Boards Association says the option means school districts could wrap up future years weeks earlier.

State Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County says the changes are a compromise preserving the 10-week summer vacation guaranteed to tourism businesses while extending the school year from 180 days and allowing for bad-weather closings.

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