Schools Consider Four-Day Weeks

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Facing deep funding cuts during the economic downturn, increasing numbers of school districts nationwide are contemplating trimming the traditional school week to four days to save money.

A four-day week has long been confined to a few small rural districts looking to save on fuel costs. Indeed, many of the districts thinking of shaving a day off their weekly calendar have small enrollments—such as the 940-student district in Bisbee, Ariz.

But some districts contemplating the move serve suburban or urban areas. The idea is being floated in South Florida’s Broward County, the nation’s fifth-largest school system.

A recent University of Washington study found that states are cutting 18 percent of their education spending over the next three years, eliminating as many as 574,000 jobs.

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(The Los Angeles Times 05.05.09)

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