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Four-day school week a bad idea

March 8, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

I am glad to hear that the School District 88 board is reconsidering its decision to attempt a switch to a four-day school week. To me, the minuses are more than the pluses.

The district said it would save $100,000 by the switch. On the other hand, parents of school age children will pay that much and maybe even more on additional child care costs to cover a day when the parents are working and the children need to have child care.

Another negative: extending the school day hours will be hard on K-4 children. The day will be just too long for them.

New Ulm has had good relations among the public and parochial school systems and it would be wise not to disrupt that congeniality. A four-day week is not favored by the other systems and this would affect busing and shared-time programs. If all the parochial systems closed, School District 88 would be even deeper in financial trouble by taking on the additional students.

Don Brand

New Ulm

 
 

 

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