POSTED: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 8:35am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 4:41am
Some public school kids could get an extra day off.
Cash-strapped school boards are considering a 4 day school week, that could save just as much money.
Some districts say they could save thousands by turning off lights, not serving lunch, and parking buses one day a week.
But a shorter week means longer school days, and teachers fear students can't concentrate.
"Kids are kids," says Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers. "There's only a certain amount of attention they're gonna have. When you actually try to double or triple up English or math, we know that they disconnect from that."
Seventeen states are currently trying out the four day school week, and at least one hundred school districts have tried them.