- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers are taking up a measure allowing schools to swap four regular class days for teacher training time.

The House voted 50-24 Thursday to approve the bill from South Jordan Republican Sen. Aaron Osmond.

Osmond says his bill presents the best way for teachers to snag more preparation time, at least until pre-recession training days are restored.

But critics say the measure could hurt students by robbing them of class time.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1fwllLi ) the state school board in 2011 allowed Utah school districts to replace two classroom days with ones set aside for teacher training.

But the state superintendent’s office has said only half of state schools opted to do that.

The bill goes to the Senate for approval.

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Online: SB 103 http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0103.html

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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