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Should school weeks be four days instead of five?

Since the Great Recession, schools across America have been struggling with underfunded budgets, which has caused school officials to get creative with saving money. In western states especially, a growing amount of school districts have reduced the school week from five to four days. Studies say the shorter school week doesn't save much money, but some superintendents say they save money on utilities, transportation, and substitute teachers, and the teacher morale boost is worth it.


Budget Battle Forces Oklahoma Schools To Try 4-Day Weeks

When A 4-Day School Week Might Cost More Than It Saves

Additional resources to think about

Half Of Colorado School Districts Have 4-Day Weeks. What's The Impact On Students?
A Colorado superintendent speaks out to explain why her district moved to a 4-day week.

Are 4-Day School Weeks the Way of the Future?
An interview with another superintendent who served as a principal during his district’s transition. He talks about the pros and cons of the new schedule.

A troubling contagion: the rural 4-day school week
This piece from Brookings is a summary of their study of 4-day school weeks.


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Should school weeks be four days instead of five?

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