School districts opt for 4-day weeks

More than 1,600 school districts nationwide have trimmed their school weeks to four days. A recent study showed varying impacts on students and teachers. Teachers mostly viewed the extra day as a “job perk” and little else. School boards said the move saved money. However, student achievement was lower. Often, decisions about the length of a school week don’t include the students. That same study found that most districts move to four days for three reasons: saving money, reducing absences, and retaining teachers. That’s what drew the decision in Warren County. And that’s why the county has no plans to go back. MORE ON WHY THE DECISION WAS MADE: