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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -
For more than two years, the Muscogee County School District has seen its share of cutbacks, which includes furlough days that some say have gypped teachers and students. 

Interim Superintendent John Phillips is calling on the board to give those days back to teachers and students. School board Chair Rob Varner says restoring the days is in the best interest for both students and parents.

"Not only do the students get more instructional days, but the teachers are getting paid because we have taken compensation away from them over the last few years - it's our job to get it back to them if we can," said Varner.

All that depends on the fiscal budget for next school year - if the money is there then it's back to a more traditional 180-day school year. This means more pay for teachers and more school instruction for students. 

"We are going into that budget billing process with the hope that we will have zero work-schedule adjustment days. This year we had three. Our adjustment is to take it down to none," Varner said. 

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