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Missouri’s top educator warns of ‘domino effect’ with four-day school weeks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Around 30 percent of Missouri’s school districts are only in session for four days a week this year. Missouri’s top educator says this recent trend is part of a domino effect.

A law to allow four-day school weeks in Missouri was approved more than a decade ago to help schools save money after the recession, but the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says it’s now being used as a perk to retain teachers.

“We have to be very, very sure and certain that this is the right choice for our state if we’re going to continue down that path,” said Missouri DESE Commissioner Margie Vandeven. “I’ve been very vocal about concerns that I have when a school district elects to just shut a school door and shut things down on that fifth day.”

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(Story by Joey Schneider, Emily Manley,

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