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Coeur d’Alene school board OKs late Monday start

Coeur d’Alene school trustees have approved a schedule change to give teachers two hours of preparation and collaboration time on Monday mornings.

Trustees voted to start school an hour later on Mondays, beginning next fall, and add 15 minutes to the school day on the remaining four days to make up for the lost instructional time.

Superintendent Hazel Bauman and all five trustees said they heard concerns about the change from teachers, parents and employers. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports that Bauman encouraged trustees to try the new schedule for a year.

Board chairwoman Edie Brooks said research shows increasing teacher collaboration time improves student achievement.

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