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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 06:14 PM

The Four-Day School Week Is Becoming More Popular In Rural Districts

The implementation of a four-day school week is a growing trend in rural school districts across the country. Currently, 88 districts in Colorado, 43 in Idaho, 30 in Oregon, and nearly half of the districts in Montana have adopted this non-traditional school schedule, according to the Brookings Institute.

The motivation behind this truncated school week is to help save the schools' and districts' money on various operating costs like janitors and heating. An extra 30 to 90 minutes of schooling at the end of each day is meant to supplement the loss of a fifth day.

Former Secretary of Education Paul Reville told Boston Public Radio Wednesday his concerns about the increasing popularity of the four-day school week. Reville believes that not only does a four-day week not save money, it is also can be detrimental to a childís education.

ďThe research is beginning to show that the savings arenít anything near what was predicted, and yet at the same time, we are leaving a lot of kids in rural communities who donít have much access to other constructive resources or opportunities in the day with an extra day on their own. I think thatís potentially problematic,Ē said Reville.

Read more: http://news.wgbh.org/2017/03/15/local-news/four-day-school-week-becoming-more-popular-rural-districts

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Mar 17, 2017, 06:31 PM

1. In rural districts it probably saves quite a bit on cost of busing the kids

Just a guess. I've heard about some schools charging for the school bus because it's become so expensive.

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Sat Mar 18, 2017, 03:23 PM

2. "Beginning to show."

In other words there are some tentative data they like, and we'd best build permanent policy to meet our goals before it's disconfirmed.

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Sun Mar 19, 2017, 12:35 AM

3. And this can cause an additional financial burden on the parents.

Many probably have to pay for daycare for that day off of school each week.

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