Teachers are professionals, paid daily rate on a salary for the year. As full-time employees, their pay is based on an eight-hour day.
Most professional employees have some flexibility in their schedules but usually are expected be at their job location for eight hours. Teachers have a unique situation where they generally only have to be at their place of employment for about six hours of work a day. They have the flexibility to work at home for two hours. That is one of the appeals of teaching.
Now the teachers union insists that teachers are really paid by the minute and only for the time of instruction. They demand that lengthening the school day by a few minutes requires an increase in pay. The teachers are not being asked to work more hours, just to put in more of the time in the classroom. To compensate, the teachers simply have to adjust the amount of tasks done at home. Maybe assign a little less homework to correct.
The Legislature must reject this demand and lengthen the school day. Lawmakers may not be able to fund the added days but this is a good first step. The newly appointed Board of Education must then show that it has more concern for the students than its elected predecessors and negotiate changes to the contract without a raise in pay.