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News: 100 Districts Already Down To Four-Day Week

$2b later, Kansas City, Mo., may close half its schools AP:  Kansas City was viewed as a national example of bold thinking when it tried to integrate its schools by making them better than the suburban districts where many children were moving. 11111111111news

Districts Explore Shorter School Week WSJ: Of the nearly 15,000-plus districts nationwide, more than 100 in at least 17 states currently use the four-day system, according to data culled from the Education Commission of the States. Dozens of other districts are contemplating making the change in the next year.

Schools fear budget crash AJC:  After several years of steep state budget cuts and a drop in local property tax revenue caused by the recession, dozens of school systems, most of them rural, now find themselves in previously unthinkable straits.

Duncan won't cancel Montgomery school visit  AP:  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will meet with students as planned at Montgomery's Robert E. Lee High School, despite a state legislator's call to cancel the appearance.

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Not only are other states and rural districts at a loss for funds, but Florida rural school districts have taken on the burden for school funding locally. The majority of many district budgets is made up of local revenue and not state.

Sadly the real reason for the closing of most schools in particular schools that are underperforming by state standards is for political reasons. When you open a new school with the underperforming population the rating of that school does not count for three years. A great masking of a problem that does not go away.

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