The State Board of Education approved two days from the school calendar to be used for professional development, Superintendent Steve Norton told the Cache County School District Board of Education at its meeting Thursday. These days will be used for teachers to prepare as the district begins to switch to the core curriculum in the next few years. Currently, the standard school year consists of 180 teaching days. Three of these days are already used for teacher preparation for parent teacher conferences, meaning students don’t go to school on these days. Using the two days for professional development means students would be out of classrooms an additional two days, and board member Jonathon Jenkins asked the other board members if this concerned them. Norton said he understood the concern, but the state didn’t come up with new money to fund extra days for professional development, so the two approved days were necessary. – email@example.com
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