Furlough Fight

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The State Board of Education could bar teachers from taking furloughs ordered by Gov. Beverly Perdue on days they're supposed to be in the classroom.

The State Board of Education could vote Wednesday on a policy telling teachers to take their unpaid time off when students aren't in at school. The state Department of Public Instruction said if teachers take time off on teaching days, substitutes would have to be hired.

Perdue last week ordered teachers and other state employees to take 10 hours of unpaid time off in return for pay cuts in May and June needed to balance the state budget. Furloughs must be taken between June 1 and Dec. 31.

Teachers say they're too busy to get all their work done and take the 10 hours off.


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