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Does a four-day school week work?

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I've noticed a couple of articles lately (here and here) talking about a four-day school week. In Iowa, the Department of Education turned down the Bondurant-Farrar school district's request for a four-day school week. One of the reasons the district wanted to move to a four-day week was to help cover a budget deficit.

"Del Hoover, the deputy division administrator for the Department of Education, said Bondurant-Farrar officials did not provide enough evidence to show that the reduction in school days would positively benefit students and their learning."

In Colton, Oregon, students have had Fridays off for five years now and many people like the shortened week.
"Parents say they enjoy spending more time with their kids and because the district extended the Monday through Thursday school hours, daycare costs are a wash."

"When we looked at the Colton School District's Oregon report card we found that although there were a few drops in average test scores, overall students there are scoring better in reading, math and science - and they are consistently higher than the state averages."

I expect we'll continue to read more about the four-day school week. Do you think it would work for your family and kids? Or do you prefer the usual Monday-Friday week? Add your thoughts in the comments below...


#1 nique 2009-12-04 19:52
i think that kids should have a four day school week becaues it even gives teachers a break.

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