What Savings are Produced by Moving to a Four-Day School Week?

Source: Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, May 2011

Due to the current economic downturn, policymakers have been looking for budgetary options that allow for reductions in expenditures without impacting student achievement. One cost-cutting policy that some states and districts have adopted is to keep instructional time the same but shorten the school week. A recent policy brief from ECS found that approximately 120 districts in 17 states have made the move to a four-day school week. But the question still exists — what cost savings, if any, are produced? This report shows what savings a district might realistically expect to realize when moving to a four-day week.

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