Missouri House endorses four-day school week option

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | The Missouri House gives first-round approval to a bill that would give school districts the option of holding classes four days a week.

Districts choosing a four-day week could lengthen their school days by an hour and have 32 fewer days of instruction each year. The total number of annual instruction hours would stay the same.

The bill needs another House vote before moving to the Senate.

Supporters say some rural school districts are interested in the idea because it would save money on transportation and utilities.

But critics raise concerns about a potential drop in educational quality and an increase in day care costs for some parents.