A traditional five-day school week probably just became a thing of the past for most Missouri youngsters, thanks for budget cuts announced by Governor Mike Parson. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, Parson expects at least $500 million in state revenue shortfall. Missouri will be receiving federal stimulus money in the near future–some say as much […]
It’s quite possible to see 100 out of the 518 school districts in Missouri shortening their school weeks to save money and to recruit and retain teachers. A question we have to ask is, “Would those districts be taking such drastic measures if the state legislature fully funded them each year?”
Legislation passed in 2009 paved the way for Missouri K-12 school districts to alter their academic schedules in a big way.
By shutting their doors a full day each week, Missouri school districts may save some money on transportation and utility bills, but the verdict is still out as to whether the risks outweigh the benefits.