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Marion Charter says no to four-day weeks



As the Marion School Board slowly backs away from its commitment to four-day school weeks, one of its charter schools has made its position on the calendar crystal clear: It will keep a five-day week whatever the district does.

Four-day school weeks would "not be a good decision for kids," Marion Charter principal Gina Evers told the Ocala Star-Banner. That's even if the school has to cater in lunches once weekly because its cafeteria workers would keep the district schedule.

Pasco County officials, also considering four-day weeks, are closely watching what happens in Marion. One of their key concerns is that the district would lose students to charter and private schools as parents seek to have their children in a secure place learning while they're at work. Like Marion?

A task force is studying the issue in Pasco. Board members have said they will reserve judgment until the data and research is provided to them, but chairwoman Joanne Hurley told the Gradebook that while savings might be possible, her key driver will be on what's best for students. An unscientific survey on four-day weeks for Pasco ends Friday.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 6:25am]


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