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Marion school district adopts four-day week for 2012-13



Ever since learning that money would be increasingly tight, many Florida school district leaders have toyed with the notion of dropping one day of classes a week to reduce spending on things like transportation.

Several have dismissed the idea out of hand, suggesting that the limited savings would not justify the inconveniences put upon families.

Marion County officials, on the other hand, have decided to go for it. To win some community buy-in, they've decided to give themselves a year to go around convincing people, the Ocala Star-Banner reports

Superintendent Jim Yancey "said he does not want to move foward with four-day school weeks, though realistically officials say the move will be inevitable if the economy does not rebound soon," the paper reports. "The majority of the board agreed that they do not want to go to four days, but feel it may be the only option."

The Pasco and Hernando school boards have discussed this idea, as well, but have taken no action. The Pasco board did agree to investigate further, though, just in case.

Many educators have praised the idea, saying the money saved could go toward salaries and classroom expenses. Schools aren't babysitting services, they say. Parents will cope. Others, including some superintendents, have argued that the prospect of wreaking havoc for working parents who rely on school to care for their children as well as educate them is not appealing.

How do you view the concept of four-day school weeks? 

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 8:53am]


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