Clayton parents upset about proposed early dismissal

8:48 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
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JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County school leaders want to make every Wednesday an early release day to allow for teacher training but some parents are angry about it.

One of the main complaints from parents is that they learned about this plan weeks before school started.

11Alive's Donna Lowry interviewed Superintendent Edmond Heatley and he says this idea became public, a year ago.

Every Wednesday, beginning in September, he and his staff want to release elementary students an hour early, middle school students 75 minutes, high school students 80 minutes early. 

Some parents say they feel they don't have time to make financial and childcare arrangements to handle any early dismissals.

Dr. Heatley says with the new Common Core Curriculum and more the district's teachers need additional training and extra time to collaborate with each other to better prepare students.

Last week, the school board voted 7 to 1, to hold off Superintendent Heatley's proposal to end the student's day early on Wednesdays.

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