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ERIC Number: EJ766229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
From Five Days to Four
Yarbrough, Rachel; Gilman, David Alan
Educational Leadership, v64 n2 p80-85 Oct 2006
Facing financial difficulties, the Webster County Public School System in rural Kentucky implemented a four-day school week to save money on transportation and staffing. The district's research in the experience of other rural districts had indicated that such a calendar change could increase efficiency and also yield some unexpected benefits. Webster County's experience in the last two years under the new calendar has confirmed the viability of the four-day week. Student achievement has risen, and teachers feel that they are using planning and staff development time more profitably. Anticipated problems--such as student fatigue from the longer school day and parent problems with child-care issues--have not proven to be serious obstacles. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Michigan; New Mexico; South Dakota; Wyoming