The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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February 10, 2014

School week should be a local decision

Why it matters:As long as school districts make sure academic achievement is the primary goal, the state shouldn't discourage four-day school weeks.

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Many districts wouldn’t even be interested in considering the switch to four-day school weeks. The five-day week works for them and that’s what counts. And if a four-day week works better for other districts, that counts, too.

The Department of Education should keep monitoring that the districts with shorter weeks see expected academic achievement, but other than that, the department should let the communities adapt what works best for them when it comes to school schedule.

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