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4-day school weeks? Too good to be true

May 14, 2014

Hindsight may be 20/20, but the failed experiment to shorten the school week to four days, we believe, never stood a chance of panning ou....

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May-22-14 4:03 PM

I say as long as the test scores didn't drop, the 4-day week is a success. The article says there were actual cost savings and just says that the tests didn't improve. Now if the test scores dropped, then go back to 5, but think about it this way. Test scores remained the same and the districts saved money, why is that a failure? To say the kids need 5 days because "that's the way it's always been done" isn't thinking outside the box.

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May-15-14 7:04 AM

Year round school would help curb the summer loss, but it's years away. Minnesota relies on tourism too much to allow that.

The four day week was never intended to help enhance education, it was a cost saving idea.

The only thing that will increase our level of education, will be better preparing our students before they get to school. EVERY district (except exclusive private schools) has many kids who start out behind, and the best they can do is try to stay as caught up (behind) as they can.

Raise the level of today's parents, and you'll see the benefits pay off. Ask ANY teacher what he/she would prefer: millions of dollars for devices, or ALL of his/her students starting the year off at a current level. I'd be willing to say that teachers would easily take that in trade to a raise as well.

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May-14-14 11:34 AM

If students being at school more days is proven to be a good thing, then by that logic we would eliminate summer breaks also.

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