The 4-day school week seems to be gaining momentum around the country. At this time 16 states have already implemented the system. Current laws in Missouri prohibit schools from participating in the shorter week, but, changes may be coming. Jim Morris, a spokesman with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education states that the department has received some inquires regarding the 4-day school week.
While legislation was introduced last year on the subject of 4-day weeks, it did not go anywhere. That could change and State Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, who is a member of the Senate’s Education Committee, says he is willing to consider changes within the legislation to allow schools in Missouri the ability to go to a 4-day week.
Within the 100 school districts across the nation that have made the change,they have reported saving thousands of dollars just in fuel costs. The draw back however, is not having any solid evidence as to the impact it will have on learning. For Missouri educators that takes top priority over the schools bottom line. Missouri schools won't make any changes until they are certain that the quality of education students receive is not compromised in an attempt to save money.
Morris said that the subject will be discussed with the state board of education during their next meeting in August. He also believes it will be back in legislation next year.