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Illinois House Approves 4-Day School Week

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A four-day school week is one of the budget-saving ideas coming from Springfield.

The Illinois House has passed a measure that would let cash-strapped districts set four-day weeks for students.

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ADDITIONAL COVERAGE:

EXPERT: Marilyn Stewart, Teachers' Union President

EXPERT: William Black, Bill Sponsor

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Students would still be required to attend class for the state-mandated hours each year.

Districts would save money on school bus fuel and building costs.

The Chicago Teachers Union does not support the idea.

Parents have expressed concerns about caring for children on the fifth day of the week, when they are not in school, and concerned about students getting enough preparation for college.

Mayor Daley agreed with the concerns.

“A four-day week -- what do parents then do on Friday, or a Monday, or a Wednesday? Many parents are working. A single parent has to work. And so how do they afford then? What are they supposed to do with their child? There are so many problems with this issue,” Daley said. “You cannot allow children to have another day off.”

The bill would give school districts the chance to choose what they wanted to change about the school week. Students would required to complete the same number of hours, which could mean longer school days or shorter summers.

The bill moves to the Illinois Senate for consideration and the Chicago Board of Education would have to approve it before it goes into effect.
 

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