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Within hours of being sworn in Tuesday, the newly elected Wake County Board of Education wasted no time making big changes.

It passed eight resolutions, including reviewing the effectiveness of year-round schools and ending a policy called “early-release Wednesdays,” in which students are released early once a week so teachers can use the time for planning sessions called “Professional Learning Communities.”

“I think every one of us supports the process of PLTs,” board member John Tedesco said Wednesday. “We just didn’t support implementation in the middle of the afternoon scheduling.”

Some teachers say collaboration time should be built into the normal working schedule. They have six months to show it helps student achievement and prove that to the new board.

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