Jun 15, 2010 6:25 PM by Greg Boyce
A new Hawaii law requires at least 180 school days a year as the state tries to shed its reputation for having the least amount of instructional time in the nation.
Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona on Tuesday signed the law, which was passed in reaction to teacher furloughs that cut 17 instructional days from the recently ended school year due to budget cuts. Hawaii was the only state in the nation that didn't have a law setting a minimum amount of instructional time.
Island students attend class for an average of 4 hours and 43 minutes per day, behind the 5 1/2 hours per day of instructional time in most other states. The 180-day minimum begins in the 2011-2012 school year. The upcoming school year will have 178 instructional days.