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Up for Debate: 4-Day School Week

The definition of “school week” is starting to change.
Across the country, more schools are turning to a four-day week, cutting hours but saving money.  For many districts, the shorter school week wasn’t a choice, but a necessary measure to save teachers’ jobs—as many as 39 for one Georgia school district.
So what does a four-day week really mean for you and for your kids?  The downsides are obvious: less time with teachers, a faster-paced learning environment, and figuring out where to send your kids when you’re at work.
With U.S. kids already lagging behind academically, can we afford to have less schooling? The answer isn’t as clear-cut as it seems. Some researchers claim a shortened school week results in higher test scores, graduation rates, and attendance. In a recent USA Today article on the topic, Superintendent Susan Clark of Peach Tree County, Georgia, said that her district’s graduation rates are expected to be the highest they’ve been in years, almost 80%.  
So which is better? Let’s hear your opinion on switching to a four-day week. Does less schooling lead to improved performance? If your school district has cut class-room time, let us know how it’s affected your child and family.