Hillsborough County Public Schools might consider creative ideas to try and lure teachers to the district, including moving to a four-day school week, Superintendent Addison Davis said this week.
The superintendent hoped to raise teachers’ salaries through a millage property tax increase that was on the August ballot, but the measure failed. Davis said the district might have to now consider creative ideas to compete with surrounding districts, nearly all of which have passed a millage increase to raise teacher pay.
“I know this is a really radical suggestion, potentially looking at a four-day week for the school year,” Davis said. “That is a way for us to become competitive when you work four days, and then you have an extended weekend, or you have the fifth day to be able to be engaged in professional learning.”
There are currently 300 teacher vacancies in Hillsborough, down from about 600 at the start of the school year. Davis said the idea of a four-day school week hasn’t…….[read more]
How would a 4-day school week work for a top-10 school district? What are the benefits and downsides to the proposal of a 4-day school week? How does a 4-day school week work in smaller school districts?
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I’d think this is a great idea, it could help with cost savings and as a student id love a 4 day week. But districs with financial struggles could try this since it would help with cost savings.
A 4 day week can be beneficial towards costs saving and can be beneficial for students as well. As it could relieve some stress for students, it also can give them a day off during the week to maybe catch up on work received during that week. Districts with financial struggles would benefit the most from this since they save lots of money from not having to operate 5 days and eventually having to close down some schools in it’s respective district.
The benefits to a 4-day week would be giving students and teachers more time to recover, and spend time at home. The disadvantages would be longer school days, which with homework added would be difficult for students.
I think this would be a great idea for both students and teachers. It would give students extra time to do work and teachers extra time to do grades. It would also cut down on cost in America.
As a student, I would probably love to have a 4-day week instead of the regular 5 just off of a day being off, but realistically I feel like it would be a disservice to the students. It would definitely help with financial struggles in smaller districts and such, but I think such a move make teaching much more narrow and stricter, and give students much more work. I think its a good thought for the teacher shortage, but I don’t know how good it will be for the students.
i think this would be great opportunity for kids to get there work done and spend more time getting to know there classmates. this should also lower the cost of Americas prices
I think this would be a great idea for both students and teachers. It would give students extra time to do work and teachers extra time grade work. It would also cut down on cost!
i think this is a bad idea because then our summer would be cut short or we would add hours to our regular school days. the only good this is that students would have another day to relax and i stress about what’s going on about school
a 4 day week could be giving students and teachers a break and cooldown but also parents rely on school for their kids so they can go to work so this can be bad at the same time. this can be good for small districts because they already struggle on money so they wont have to struggle on this anymore.
4 day school will give students more academic breaks and allow overwhelmed school staff time to relax and rewind.