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Parenthetical Citations Shortened school weeks are becoming more and morecommon across the United States. “The four-school week is anincreasingly visible example of the impact of state budget problemson rural education. This fall, fully one-fourth of South Dakotasdistricts will have moved to some form of the abbreviated schedule.Only Colorado and Wyoming have a larger proportion of schoolsusing a shortened week. According to one study, more than 120school districts in 20 states, most in the west, now use four-dayweeks” (Brokaw). The shift to shorter school weeks can havepositive outcomes. Research has shown that attendance amongteachers and students increases, which saves districts money onsubstitute teachers. Student test scores have gone up as well(Turner). The increase in test score and attendance could be hardevidence to work against. With districts looking for ways to savemoney, but continue student success, the 4-day week might be thebest solution.
Works CitedBrokaw, Chet. "South Dakota Schools Cut Costs with 4-Day Week." Argus Leader. 21 Aug 2011: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 25 Oct 2012.Turner, Dorie. "4-Day School Weeks Gain Popularity Across US." Tucson Citizen (Tucson, AZ). 04 Jun 2010: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 25 Oct 2012.