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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Aiona says Hawaii teacher furlough solution near

Associated Press

HONOLULU Hawaii Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona says the state is within reach of eliminating next year's 17 scheduled teacher furlough days.

Aiona said in a statement Tuesday that the state has the resources to find a solution now that the Legislature has appropriated $67 million and teachers have agreed to return to class on six noninstructional days.

The state, Board of Education and Hawaii State Teachers Association still haven't agreed on a way to end next year's furlough days.

But Aiona believes everyone can come together and compromise.

Gov. Linda Lingle has said she would spend $57 million on next year's furlough days, leaving the state $10 million short of the amount sought under a deal between the Board of Education and teachers union.