Four-Day Learning Weeks Being Adopted In More School Districts Across the U.S.

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An increasing number of schools in the United States are adopting four-day learning weeks. This shift is motivated by cost savings and teacher recruitment advantages, especially in rural areas. However, parents are grappling with the challenge of arranging child care on the extra day when schools are closed. While students appreciate the longer weekends, it poses challenges for working parents, particularly those with younger children. Some parents disapprove of the additional expenses for child care.  Four-day learning weeks have become more prevalent, with nearly 900 out of over 13,000 school districts operating on this schedule. The impact on student learning and achievement remains a topic of concern, with mixed results in various studies.