Missouri Closer To Restricting Four-Day School Weeks

(MISSOURINET) – With three weeks left to go in the Missouri Legislature’s session, lawmakers continue to work on an effort to restrict four-day school weeks. About 160 of Missouri’s more than 500 school districts are using the shortened week model – most are rural districts. A Missouri House committee is considering whether to require districts with more than 30-thousand residents to go back to holding school five days a week, unless local voters say otherwise. Dale Herl, superintendent of the Independence School District, wants lawmakers to grandfather in larger districts, like his, who are currently operating four days a week or plan to next school year…

State Senator Doug Beck, who has been leading the effort to move back to five-day school weeks, says going to school five days a week is critical to student learning.