One of the most controversial and hot topic on Hawaii nowadays is the Furlough Fridays on all public schools statewide. It was a headline news both on Maui News and Honolulu Advertiser the other day. The Hawaii furlough fridays are having a dramatic impact on our communities, our economy and our ailing educational system. So many are affected including teachers, other DOE staffers, parents, kids, and businesses.
The current Hawaii Furlough Friday schedule is: Fall 2009: 10/23/09, 10/30, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 Spring 2010: 1/15/10, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 3/5, 3/12, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14
A website was recently put together by concerned parents regarding this issue: furloughfridayshelp.com. This is what they said it’s about: We are an evolving, grassroots organization consisting of many parents, teachers, civic organizations and citizens who believe that the furlough Fridays policy is detrimental to Hawaii and its people. Our mission is to raise awareness about this issue and to garner enough support to ensure that it is reversed. We also want to close the door legislatively so that such policies which could endanger the future our youth are no longer possible.
Since today is ALOHA FRIDAY, I would like to take this opportunity to ask A Maui Blog’s readers and fellow bloggers what they think about Furlough Fridays. Do you agree? Do you disagree? if you can give a brief reason why, that would be great (but if you just want to answer “agree” or “disagree” that’s ok too.