The number of Missouri districts that have four-day weeks has grown 20 percent, from 15 to 18, in the past year.
A law signed in 2011 by former Gov. Jay Nixon moved from requiring 174 days of instruction to a total of 1,044 hours for districts that wanted to go to four days.
State Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho, said he’s received excellent feedback on four-day weeks, especially in rural areas. He calls it another “tool in the toolbox” for districts.
The overall percentage of districts opting for the shorter weeks remains small, with those 18 districts representing less than 4 percent of the state’s 518 districts.
“It won’t work in every community, we understand that,” Reiboldt said. “But it’s working very well, especially in the rural communities in our area.”
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