ERIC Number: ED520160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Reference Count: 0
What Savings Are Produced by Moving to a Four-Day School Week?
Education Commission of the States (NJ3)
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 the Education Commission of the States (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. A bibliography is included.
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Economic Climate, Budgeting, Retrenchment, Academic Achievement, Expenditures, School Districts, Administrators, Financial Problems, Financial Exigency
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ecs.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States