Four-day school week passes in Florida county
Marion County Superintendent Jim Yancy said the switch to four-day school weeks would save $4.5 million.
June 30th, 2011
07:21 PM ET

Four-day school week passes in Florida county

While students in many parts of the world attend school for up to six days a week, students in Marion County, Florida, will receive three-day weekends - every week - starting in the fall of 2012, making it the first county in Florida to make the change.

The Marion County School Board in Florida voted this week in a 4-1 decision to approve a four-day school week for the county’s schools, according to Kevin Christian, the school district’s public relations officer.

The action comes after a massive $24 million cut to next year’s operating budget. Making the switch will save the district around $4.5 million, Marion County School Superintendent Jim Yancey said, according to Orlando television station 13 News.

Students will attend school either Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday, with an additional 75 minutes tacked on each day in the 2012-2013 school year, 13 News says. One day less a week will save on water and energy, along with transportation costs.

A downside, of course, is long, draining class days, with three-day weekends possibly providing too much time between lessons, causing regression in learning.

The Education Commission of the States says the most a school will save is 2.5% of overall budget savings by transitioning to four days a week.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 21 states already have school districts with public schools offering four-day school weeks.

While Board members originally considered implementing the shorter week for the 2011-2012 school year, the district was able to save in other places instead, but expects another $8 million in budget cuts for the 2012-2013 budget.

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  1. just a thought

    I really have no oppion on this, but I wonder how it will affect the two income families?

    June 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Extremely shortsighted

    Floridians will have to live like they're in a third world country before they realize there's a limit to the extent to which they can cut government services and keep taxes low. Marion County has chosen to short change its future rather than pay up in the present. In the meantime, wealthier parents will put their kids in private school, and poorer parents will have to either a) shell out for day care, b) leave kids basically unattended at home or c) not work for one day a week and therefore give up more of their income. Shame.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • margie

      So very true. This pig/Republican as most of them do, are punishing the poor. They keep it up and there will be major rioting on the streets of America. They won't have to worry about a middle easterner being the terrorist. They are creating them on our own soil to our own citizens!!

      June 30, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sandyk

    Oh for goodness sake lets stop the charade...close them all down...obviously education does not matter anymore.God help the next politician who opens their lying mouth about improving education. this makes me so mad.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    That is a wonderful idea. Wish it went national.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Jazzzzzzz.
    Please explain. I know it's cheaper, but how will the four-day week help children learn?
    They don't learn enough as it is.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    @Troll Jazzzzz, help the children? Huh! You naïve person. Education is not about the kids,it's about money. It is taboo to admit this,but it's true.

    June 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bill

    @margie: you're aware that this is a local school board decision and has nothing to do with the florida governor right? I admit I'm not from Marion Cnty Florida so I don't know what the make up of their board is, do you?

    June 30, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mad Hatter

    What are you smoking margie? Your whining not making sense.

    June 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. troll baba loo

    Well said Mad Hatter.

    June 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    This will probably be suggested by Guv'nah Goodhair of Tx. He & his pals at the Lege have taken a heavy hand to education, here. It's going on all over the nation. I understand why the rich vote Republican, but why would the middleclass or poor do it!? @ Extremely Shortsighted, thank you, took the words out of my mouth!!

    June 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Trollie McTrollenstein

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Just what we need, less education! I hope the rest of the U.S. follows suit. Ill be able to make fun of people just by being able to walk upright soon! troll baba loo, a good day of trolling to you!

    June 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    Margie you cant blame this on republicans this riotimg going on in europe is due to the liberaj governments that they have had the last few years and now they have figured out they cannot give th

    June 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Trollie McTrollenstein

    Nice comment gung hoe.

    June 30, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Little Brat

    Suckers.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Little Brat

    One more day a week for World of Warcraft. Thanks mom, or whomever was dumb enough to do this for me.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
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