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Bill would clear the way for four-day school weeks



As Florida school districts struggle to make ends meet, a growing number of people have proposed running campuses four days a week rather than five.

Even if they wanted to, though, district leaders could not comply. State law and State Board of Education rules don't permit such a calendar.

A bill filed by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, and Rep. Kurt Kelly, R-Ocala, would allow districts to have four-day weeks -- so long as students continue to get the same amount of time in class. They're slightly different, but at their core is this simple change: Schools would be required to offer "a program of instruction that is full time, of 180 days' duration or the equivalent on an hourly basis ..." (The new stuff is underlined.)

Of course, the SBOE would have to approve a rule change. And commissioner Eric J. Smith has panned the idea. But with money tight, who knows how this might land. Three-day weekends, anyone?


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:14am]


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