Missouri Bill Attempts to Incentivize School Five Days a Week, Boost Teacher Pay

Roughly 170 of Missouri’s more than 500 school districts operate four days a week, but there’s a legislative effort that could limit who offers the shortened weeks.

Senator Doug Beck, a St. Louis County Democrat, wants to require districts with more than 30-thousand residents to hold school five days a week, unless a majority of voters back a shortened week. Beck, a former school board member, is proposing to provide extra state funding to schools who use the five-day model.

The extra funding would only be allowed to increase teacher salaries.