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4-Day School Weeks: Headed to Your District? (page 2)

4-Day School Weeks: Headed to Your District?

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Updated on Mar 26, 2010

School officials seem "pleasantly surprised by the savings," Mason said.

Of course, the most significant statistic is not yet in, points out Stephen Pruitt, chief of staff for the Georgia Department of Education. There are plenty of school districts in Georgia and elsewhere watching Peach County to see student test results during this first year of 4-days in school.

"I think it's a topic for discussion at a lot of places," Pruitt said. "I think that people are talking about it, I don't know they are ready to pull the trigger."

For now, state officials are taking a wait-and-see attitude, Pruitt said. They are neither in favor of, nor are they against 4-day school weeks. "It would be easy for me to sit here in Atlanta and have my own hypotheses," Pruitt said. "But the bottom line is the people who work in these communities every day are the ones who are best able to make that decision. We are always there to support and guide as necessary."

Pruitt said he thinks the reality of the economy in Georgia will lead others to consider 4-day school weeks if Peach County's test scores are anywhere near as positive as the other statistics coming out so far. Revenue was cut this year for  Georgia schools and the outlook for the next two years isn't great.

"I think school districts are going to be looking at all possibilities to save money. If they can do something they feel will not hurt the kids, they will consider it seriously."

The test scores in Peach County will have a lot to do with the possible spread of 4-day school weeks in Georgia and elsewhere, officials agreed.

"Right now, it's too new for us to make any real judgments about it - there has been no testing in those areas (with 4-day school weeks)," said Cargile. "How is achievement affected by that? (But) if the tests are good, then hey, maybe we need to take a look at that."

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