'Waivering' on the four-day week school schedule

OKLAHOMA CITY – A few years ago, when state lawmakers were checking under their car seats and in the couch cushions for extra change to fund state government, public schools saw their budgets slashed.

With money scarce, the legislature turned to a unique idea: giving schools the option to have shorter school weeks. A shorter week, lawmakers reasoned, would cost less money and, possibly, help recruit new teachers. Instead of a required number of days, the law was changed to require schools be in session for 1,080 hours.



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