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School year already shrinking in many districts


One of the cost-cutting options being considered by the Wichita school district is lengthening the school day slightly in order to reduce the school year. That’s already occurred over the past decade at many districts. According to the Kansas Association of School Boards, the average number of days in a Kansas teacher’s annual contract decreased from 187 in 1998 to 179 in 2016. Meanwhile, the length of teacher contract days increased from seven hours and 52 minutes to eight hours. The net result of these changes is a decline of nearly 40 contract hours, from an average of 1,471 hours in 1998 to an average of 1,432 hours this year. – Phillip Brownlee