Across the country, more schools are adopting a four-day calendar, according to the Wall Street Journal. Listen to the Journal’s education writer explain the trend.
School districts save little money by shifting to a four-day calendar. But once they make a schedule change, it is politically difficult to turn back, according to a scholar who specializes in rural education.
Forty-four districts and 11 charter schools use a four-day schedule. The cost savings are modest, and the effects on student achievement are largely unknown.