Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will try out four early-release days next year as a way to give teachers more time to develop their skills.
The school board approved the tweak to next year's calendar at the same as they allowed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to become a holiday.
Other districts, including Wake County, have incorporated early-release days into their calendars for years.
The scheduling is still being worked out, but most schools would let out about two hours early. There will be one per quarter. Next year's early release dates will be Oct. 7, Jan. 20, March 1 and April 20.
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Superintendent Ann Clark said the time would be used for professional development for teachers.