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Save Our Schools Pushes For Special Legislative Session To Lift Furlough Fridays

October 15, 2009, 6:00 AM HST
* Updated October 15, 6:42 AM
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A group of concerned citizens will hold another rally on Maui this Thursday to drum up support for a special legislative session aimed at repealing the state’s furlough Fridays at public schools.

The Save Our Schools campaign will be circulating a petition calling for the special session.  Event organizer Liza DeLaRosa Walker called the furloughs “unacceptable” and wants lawmakers to look at dormant relief funds to supplement the shortfall in the Department of Education.  The group is urging Governor Linda Lingle and state lawmakers to hold a special session to come up with alternative funds to cover the 17 imposed furlough days.

“The children of Hawaii should not pay for this state’s budget deficit with the loss of their education,” the group said in a press release issued today.

The rally will be held Thursday October 15, 2009 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hana Highway and Dairy Road intersection in Kahului.  A similar event held last week drew an estimated 60 participants.

(Posted by Wendy Osher)

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