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One Idaho school district debates switching back from 4-day week to five

Five years after shifting to a four-day schedule, the Preston School District is now reviewing whether it should switch back. Idaho EdNews reports that the change was originally branded as temporary, until state funding improved; now the district is surveying parents and debating everything from dollars and cents to impacts on students from longer school days and longer weekends. You can read EdNews’ full report here.

Idaho has 42 school districts and 11 charter schools that have moved to a four-day school week, according to a study issued in July; that number has grown from just 14 school districts and two charter schools in 2008-09. Nationwide, just 1 percent of school districts have chosen that course. The July study, by the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho, concluded that the change didn’t deliver significant cost savings, and there was little data on how it impacted student achievement.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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