Budget constraints could shorten school year

Mississippi students could be sitting in the classroom five fewer days for 2011-12 school years if the Mississippi House of Representatives agrees to the state senate’s proposal.

“It’s not perfect. To be honest, I hate that I even have to be talking about something like this with you,” said Senator Videt Carmichael, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Teachers could also see furloughs to save the state and individual school districts money.

House education chairman Cecil Brown said the House will strongly consider the furloughs but will probably bypass cutting days.

“I think it’s unfortunate that something like this has to happen. It’s inevitable, but I think it’s better to be furloughed than lose your job,” said Rep. Brown.