The Redmond School Board unanimously approved a scheduling change for the 2011-2012 school year. Similar to the Bend La Pine early release day, all Redmond schools will end one hour early on Wednesdays, starting in September. A published report states district staff and teachers have been working on this plan for about a year. The reason for the shortened day is to allow teachers more time for professional development. Now, there are about 30 school districts in the State with early release or late start days. Judy Newman, President of the Redmond Education Association is a bit worried that teachers could be expected to stay longer on Wednesdays, after training was over.