The High Cost of Saving Money with Furlough Fridays

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

For all the talk of Furlough Fridays and how much restoring those school days may cost the Hawaii Department of Education, it’s more difficult to place a price on what continuing them will mean to students.

“When I was working in Singapore a few years ago, the people there said to me the last thing they would cut during an economic downturn is education,” said David Grossman, interim dean of the Educational Division at Chaminade University.

Not so for Hawaii.

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