Let’s get this straight. First, we reduce school funding, so schools scramble to figure out how they’re going to pay their bills and still educate the kids. Next, we castigate those same schools for making our state look bad by reducing the length of a week in order to save money. Finally, we introduce legislation to require schools to go back to a 5-day week.
It seems we’re missing a step. What could it be?! Oh yeah! Restore funding levels!
But what kind of insanity is that? Let’s take a look at the new legislation first…
HB 1684, the House version of Senator Loveless’ bill, requiring schools to have 5-day school weeks will be going on to the House Common Education Committee. It is on the agenda for Monday, February 20th at 3pm.
Summary (2017-02-07) Schools; requiring eighty percent of school year to consist of five-day school weeks; permitting school district to submit waiver to State Board of Education; effective date. [Second Reading referred to Common Education]