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Spokane Students To Be Released Early

Students in Spokane School District will be released two hours early Tuesday and Wednesday as school staffs meet for planning and professional development.

Some schools are developing five-year plans for improving learning. Others are forming decision-making councils or studying new teaching methods.

“In many schools this is the only time when all teachers are able to be together because of before- and after-school activities,” said Associate Superintendent Cynthia Lambarth.

Next week’s early-release days are the last of eight this school year. The number of days is negotiated with the teachers union and has increased in recent years.

This is the first time the days have been scheduled back to back. District officials hope back-to-back days will offer continuity for schools and less interruption in other months.

, DataTimes