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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is inviting students and families to weigh in on two options for a 2013-14 calendar that would lop five days off the previously approved version, returning to the 180-day calendar students are used to.

The N.C. legislature mandated that schools add five days for students, and last spring the school board approved a 185-day calendar. But during the summer, lawmakers added the option of scaling back, as long as students attend at least 1,025 hours of instruction. CMS tops that mark with 180 days.

From now through Monday, the public can review two 180-day options and express their preference through an online poll. Both start Aug. 26 and end June 10, as the current version does. They vary in placement of teacher work days and the length of winter break. Superintendent Heath Morrison will review the polls and decide which version to recommend to the school board.

Find the calendars and poll at www.cms.k12.nc.us (click “Calendars” under Bulletin Board, then select the poll at left).

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