2 Pennsylvania School Districts Weigh 4-Day Weeks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two Pennsylvania school districts are considering switching to a four-day week to save money.

The Coatesville Area School District in Chester County and the Warren County School District are considering four-day weeks for the entire school year as a way to prevent layoffs and program cuts. No other Pennsylvania districts have such a schedule.

Under the Coatesville plan, students in the middle and high schools would have their days extended 45 minutes. Elementary school students would get an extra 80 minutes. Coatesville superintendent Richard Como says the change would save his district $1.7 million per year.

Warren County school officials say such a move would save money by cutting the number of meals the district must serve and trimming transportation costs.

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  1. Taxpayer says:

    So what are parents supposed to do on the day they are at work and the kids are home? Seems taxpayers are getting stiffed in all kinds of way these days.Funny because I live with police officer who works 4 days a week at 8hours a day and only works about 8 months out of the year. Then on top of that he has taken about 2-3 vacations this year ,the last on is now going on 2 weeks. The bad thing thing is he is getting paid for 5 day weeks and all year round.

  2. JowB says:

    This is ridiculous. Kids need to be in school MORE, not less. Yeah let’s let them have an extra day off so they can roam the streets unsupervised even more. I’d be very willing to pay mor taxes if it meant schooling went on SIX days a week!

  3. ghostwriter says:

    stop building schools ,football,basketball,baseball,softball stadiums,swimming pools,that rival colleges.get back to EDUCATING THE LITTLE DARLINGS first.all they need is four walls,a roof heat and air

  4. lukuj says:

    for those who are doing the teacher bashing, please spend at least a week in a classroom tryng to control children who are often taught that they do not need to listen or obey or sit still for anyone – especially if that person is another race, color or creed than they are. THEN tell me that teachers don’t deserve the pay they get. That being said, I taught in a state where teachers don’t get paid nearly as much and do NOT have unions with the right to strike, pay for most of their own insurance, and only get 5 paid sick days from the state. They are required to give up part of the summer for in service. So perhaps, if your teachers are overpaid and have benefits much better than the public in general you should blame the unions.

  5. karl edwards says:

    This is an admission that the government school is little more than a tax funded baby sitting service so both live in partners or in rare cases married parents can keep working outside the home. Kennels for children is what daycare and schools have become. If each rich union teacher took a 10 % pay cut you could at least keep more baby sitters in the classroom showing movies to the captives.

  6. blorjr says:

    pro rate the teachers pay for 9 months of work take the savings and apply it to the education of kids not wages and benefits of teachers. If the teachers want more money they can work summer jobs. we must stop treating teachers as heros they are not , Heros are fighting in Afganistan not some union hack teachers trying to bilk the system

  7. Char T says:

    Wow! So much foolish negativity here! No one likes being “TOLD” what to do. It may not always be easy to swallow at first, but Change can be GOOD. Anything to save money, preserve jobs in our community, and keep the sports in our schools should be WELCOMED. I think it is ridiculous to insult theseTeachers with the assumption that they are our childrens “babysitters” and should be held responsible for childrens actions outside school when left “unsupervised”. I believe that if you are good parent who has instilled structure, morals, responsibility, and discipline at home, you really should have to worry about what your children will be doing, when the school cannot watch them for you! SERIOUSLY?!?!?!

    1. Char T says:

      Should” NOT” have to worry.
      ooops, please excuse my typo….but i am sure you know what i meant. :)

      1. Shocked says:

        Agreed!!!! So many people on this thread are just bashing the teachers when I did not read in the article one word about teachers or what they make as being a reason for the “change”! However it seems most on here have done the unthinkable and “Assumed” “pointed the finger” and started playing the “blame game!” This is an unfortunate reality of the world and society we live in. Rather then buck up and see the real issue we will just say oh look it’s this or it’s that fault instead of having the “buck” stop where it should. What was that saying that Truman had on his desk when he was in office? Oh yeah “The Buck Stops Here!” hmm that is the good old public education at work for you there…

  8. Rio says:

    There is an old saying about knowing nothing until you walk in a man’s shoes. To all of you people who think teachers have it so good….you know nothing. You spew what you think you see,and you say what you think you hear. I would challenge any of you to do what teachers do-many of you would easily fail, not have the where with all and go crazy with what you are expected to do and put up with. You just don’t get it-and it is sad…all I have to say is THANK GOD you are not educating our children. I encourage all of you to be home school teachers…good luck with that. And for the rest of you-if you think we have it so easy-why didn’t you become a teacher? Are you off making your 6 digit salaries, or are you sitting at home collecting welfare?

    1. Char T says:

      Agree! :)

    2. Ed R says:

      Wow, someone in the public sector complining how tough it is. WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD. It is clearly you with the misperception of how easy others have it. If teaching is not all it’s cracked up to be, move on and do something else. I admire folks that go in to teaching, but that admiration is always diminished by comments like yours. WOULD YOU LIKE SOME CHEESE WITH YOUR WHINE?

    3. Shocked says:

      agree !!!! :-)

      1. Shocked says:

        Ment for Rio!

  9. hadenoughuc says:

    sure they only work 8 or 9 months a year now give them 4 day weeks .just so we can pay each one more and more .greed is what it is no one else in the world is even getting a raise every year.or an increase in there bene’s like they want .

  10. steve says:

    I say let me opt out of paying school taxes and I will home school my child…Just think if EVERY parent did this…There wouldn’t be all this bickering and complaining from folks who get every holiday, weekend and summer of and only work 180 days per year.

    1. Thatta boy, "steve".... laughable says:

      I wish you WOULD home school your child. Good luck with that, too, by the way….don’t forget this requires you to spend AT LEAST 7 straight hours with your child five days a week. Do you plan on working another job to supplement the hours you are giving up? If so, I don’t want to hear you “bickering.” Also, do YOU get any holidays off? Perhaps you’d be willing to volunteer your time and work on all the holidays you currently enjoy? Since you are so against having summers off, I suppose you’ll be continuing your seven hours a day/five days a week pattern all the way through. Oh, and by the way, during those seven hours don’t even think about using your cell phone, a trip to the bathroom that lasts more than two minutes, eating a lunch that lasts more than 30 minutes, or leaving IGNORANT comments on a newspaper’s website. If you’d do some legitimate parenting with your child (as in not ignoring them at night while you watch WWE wrestling and, instead, help them to read and write) their performance would be a lot higher. Boy, I’d love to see your tax return….

      1. Char T says:

        Agreed! That pretty much sums it up!

      2. Ed R says:

        Another eliitist teacher has spoken. If Steve did all you said, that would surely represent twice the effort of most union lackey government school teachers. Do us all a favor and quit teaching so we don’t need to hear you whine any more. You all seem to think you have it so tough. In the private sector, the average person makes five career changes in their life. Only teachers want to start entitled, complain continually and retire overpaid on the public dime. I’m tired of you shouting from the mountaintops that you have a thankless job. You’re thanked every pay day and every time you get a pension check. If that’s not good enough, quit.

  11. Gary says:

    That’s odd. I thought a 4-day work week was 4 x 10-hour days. If I had a PHD, then I could calculate a 4-day work week as 45-min x 4-days equals 3-hours. So what happens to the other 5-hours? Anybody feel like working a 35-hour week and getting paid for 40? Or maybe if I were a teacher I could look at it as a 12.5% pay increase. Same pay, less hours. Thank goodness the majority of Americans will never figure this out. – Drop Gym, Drop Cursive Writing, Drop Social Studies, Buy Classroom books that are obsolete year over year. This is not an educational system, it’s a business that gathers tax dollars from the Federal, State, and Local governments that just happens to use our children as the excuse for providing a sub standard product.

  12. Karl Edwards says:

    My friend is a retired public school 5th grade teacher. Not a bright man but he stuck with it until retirement. He sucks 68K plus medical benefits from Illinois taxpayers each year. And gets 20 bucks an hour for what he calls “volunteering” as a crossing guard. It’s sick.

  13. AK says:

    None of this makes sense to me. Barak Obama, by his own admission, did not perform well while at Occidental College. He was then accepted to and graduated from a most presitious Ivy League school, Columbia University, and thereafter Harvard Law School, president of the Law Review to boot. Now he is the POTUS. Stop bickering and get to work being mediocre. You too might one day get to be president as well.

  14. cheeper says:

    one question, does pay remain the same for a four day vs. five day week. silly me, of course it does!!

    1. Teresa Glah Jordan says:

      Actually my sister is a teacher in CASD and no it will be a pay cut. So for all those that are saying they will get paid the same, they have taken huge hits and cuts and will continue to do so.

      But NO they will not be getting paid the same for a 4 day week as they were for a 5 day week. Get your facts straight before shooting off your mouth. That is one of the reasons this will supposedly save money.

  15. Karl Edwards says:

    The teachers unions have a great opportunity. Very simple. Teachers take a 10% across the board cut to keep their fellow union member teachers in the classrooms. If they really care for THE KIDS like we hear before each threatened strike, this should be easy. As it is the TEACHERS are throwing their own buddies under the bus.

  16. Carli says:

    FOR REAL!!

  17. kathelleen says:

    if you do not like the idea stated above, how about just cut out middle school all together. Make a kindergarten center for all kindergarten, then 1-8, then 9-12. notice majority of Catholic schools do not have a middle school. why? funding. and if you think about it, do you hear in the news about kids and bullying, weapons, shootings? Could it be a development, that a child cannot handle the middle school system, it is such a system overload. just take out the middle schools. Or see what China does with their school system since we are so intrigued with how they are learning better than us here in the US.

    1. jeanie says:

      i would NOT want my 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grader going to school with 6th, 7th, 8th graders, that’s crazy….they already are growing up TOO fast

    2. Howard says:

      …and Catholic schools are closing each year because they cannot sustain a competitive educational system. Teachers cost less because, for the most part, they are less qualified. It’s obvious you and anti-public school teachers. When a Catholic school students bullies or becomes a problem, s/he is shipped out to public schools. LIke China? You wouldn’t if you lived there.

      1. Karl Edwards says:

        Howard is an idiot. Catholic school teachers best qualification is that they care about kids more than contracts. Love and care go a long way in a classroom. I’m no friend of the Catholic church, but the government/union school system is a proven failure many times over by any standard. It’s frightening to think that people like Howard can vote.

    3. HF says:

      This is exactly how it was when I was in school in AZ in the 60’s; we all got along and grew up just fine. Why not now?

    4. alison says:

      if there’s an issue with violence or bullying in a private school the school has a right to kick them out…. where do they get kicked if the issue is in a public school? Right back to their classroom. I grew up and went 12 yrs in a catholic school never witnessing any violence or issues or even SPECIAL EDUCATION… why? Because those kids were already taken care and not allowed in or already kicked out before I realized they were missing.

  18. John says:

    We switched to a 4 day week two years ago, and it is awful! The test scores tanked, which is what always happens in a 4-day switch, and the students slept through first period, and were completely fried by last period. Of course, there is no more babysitting service for the parents on Fridays. There is a negative impact on extracurricular activities as well, as there is less time for evening music lessons, sports practices, etc. Less time for homework as well, so we have to compensate with class time. I am a full month behind where I was at this time of the year in a 5-day week. The savings are illusory at best, and if you scratch the surface, you will find that this push is driven by football scheduling. If they are getting rid of Fridays (Mondays actually make more sense for several reasons) that is so that they don’t need subs for the football coaches on Fridays.

  19. amitor says:

    They can use the fifth day for dancing lessons and hire the First lady as a teacher.Not salary, please.

  20. Kathleen says:

    I have a better idea. Let’s cut the teachers by 20%, oust the unions, and have the remaining teachers pay into a state fund Vs paying dues to corrupt union heads who first finance their high life and then launder the balance via donations to Democrats.

    1. Corey says:

      What an uneducated comment…..

      1. AbleCynic says:

        Seems pretty good to me. What is uneducated? That they don’t buy into the sick agenda of the Democrats and Liberals? Corey, you are the uneducated one.

      2. Andrew P. says:

        Look at you, my friend. You call someone’s comment “uneducated”, and back it up with NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. The only good thing about that is I don’t have to read your liberal nonsense.

        Can anybody make sense of this: Teachers are paid more than soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. Why, you might ask? Unions.

    2. Carli says:

      SO TRUE KATHLEEN…!

  21. Massimo Deportado says:

    We have 7 administrators for every ONE teacher, the exact polar opposite of the rest of the world. But no, lib democrats want to fire teachers and NOT administrators. Fire policemen and not bureaucrats.

    Americans know the score. WE FINISH THE JOB 2012.

  22. Rosebud says:

    Chattooga County Schools in Chattooga, Georgia have already switched to 4 day school weeks. My mom has taught school for 36 years and she loves it. It gives more instruction time and the savings come from not operating the buses and school on Mondays. The days are extended with children staying longer but so far it is working very well.

  23. Rsv says:

    4 day work week for ALL nonessential (law enforcement and fire) federal, state and local government employees.

    1. real says:

      exactly….it would have to be if this was every considered on any grand scale because what this article fails to think about is if the kids are home and most adults have a five day week..whos taking care of the kids on the off day ?

  24. Chicago Guy says:

    One small legislative change would change a lot. Measure kids based on their own personal academic growth, not their peers. As a teacher, I want to be accountable for what each child learns during the time I have them! Many of my kids come to me 3 or 4 grade levels below where they should be. No problem. Measure them, educate them and measure them again.

    BTW, do you know that I am not allowed to grade students based on homework results? You see, it discriminates against non-traditional homes. It is an amazing system designed to keep students stupid!

    1. Frederick says:

      The indocturnation centers (aka public schools) are institutions that are relagated to serve the Marxist take-over of the USA. The product that is produced by the centers is a fully indocturnated programed IDIOT, who, because of TOTAL DEPENDENCE on the master’s decrees, has little will to be independant and exercise his GOD GIVEN abilitie to act in the manner that would set him free of his ENSLAVEMENT! History reveals the facts of the prince(s) and the peasants, the rule of order, hundreds of years of the past. The teacher’s union and MARXIST ruling regime are in collusion.

  25. Stu says:

    I live in Warren Co. If most here posting knew the area you would understand…they are trying to prevent LAYOFFS…our jobless rates keep falling and we want to keep it that way!

    1. Jackie says:

      Why prevent layoffs? Sorry, but thanks to teachers unions and administrative bungling, its time to layoff. Period.

    2. Andrew P. says:

      prevent layoffs at the student’s expense? and at the expense of the student’s family (who is going to take care of the child on this new “day off”)?

  26. Joe America says:

    I have an idea. Cut the teachers pay and benefits by 20% but make them work the same hours. You get the same results. Let the teachers quit if they don’t like it, I bet you would get a lot of people applying for a teacher position.

    1. joe mamma says:

      you’re stupid

      1. Frederick says:

        It is apparent that the above comment epitomizes a brillant rejoinder.
        Yes Joe mamma , I was ‘schooled’ before the union take-over of AMERICA’s dolts. I am capable of rendering an intelligent comment with the use of a structured sentence having MORE than two words.
        Best regards. Know your short-falls .

    2. Howard says:

      Obviously a comment made by a man who has no education. Good schools increase real estate values. If you want your home to maintain and increase in value, your schools had better be good. teacher bashers are ignorant to most things which improve the value of life.

      1. Jackie says:

        Howard: So, just raise taxes? If you raise taxes, real estate values will go down due to an over-burdened tax environment.

      2. HIC says:

        Jackie . I never said to raise taxes. Why did you choose to go that direction? there are many ways to reduce spending that are not even considered by school districts mainly because of traditional ways of running their schools.

      3. Frederick says:

        Howard, succinctly put: you are naive.

      4. alison says:

        well said. and for the renters out there… why wouldn’t you want your kid in a “good school” with a successful graduation rate?
        Invest in your future. $100 isn’t going to kill anyone but it WILL give your kids the opportunity to have gym class.

  27. Adam says:

    Some of you are truly insane! For those of us who work (i.e. not on welfare, sitting home collecting free money), what are we supposed to do on that magical 5th day (Mon/Fri?)? Pay an additional cost for sitters? Leave them home unattended? Also, some of you geniuses who think that we should “embrace something new” or are “afraid of change” need your heads examined. What we need is an education system that works – why are liberals so afraid of the school voucher program? Because it will expose their brand of “education” (i.e. brainwashing/dumming down our kids) for what trash it really is. How about a system that pays our teachers well (but doesn’t subsidize their retirement 100%), holds them to a high standard (good teachers stay/bad teachers fired), provides them resources they need (books, computers) and reduces cost (why are we “busing” kids from far and wide to schools normally outside their assigned district anyway?)

    1. Jackie says:

      This is supposed to pressure those who think like you into giving up more of your income in the form of taxes to pay for that 100% retirement, etc.

    2. guyfromcanadia says:

      Adam, please take your solid logic and valid arguments regarding childcare elsewhere. It seems a great number of people here feel that cutting teacher salaries is the only answer and it will motivate them. I’m sure if they went to work and their boss told them their salary was reduced it would motivate them to work twice as hard too. Salary cuts for everyone! YAY! (for those that require everything to be spelled out for them, this is sarcasm.)

  28. John says:

    Every time budgets get tight, government workers try to reward themselves with a three day weekend.

    1. AK says:

      How about giving us a few more paid national holidays as well; one more per month will do nicely.

  29. randyb says:

    The public schools should stop paying for extra curricular activities. Especially sports. This coming from an athlete. If kids want to participate in activities like sports, band, or other clubs. They need to do so on their own or their parents dime.

    Public schools should only be required to teach our kids not entertain them.

    1. smokehouse56 says:

      You’re a liar. You are no more an athlete than a mouse. Team and individual sports are part of education. I learned more in my athletic career in HS and college than most. A game and practice is a classroom. I’m not going into the particulars because you would not understand having never been on an athletic team.

      1. AK says:

        Smokehouse56 is really an athletic supporter.

  30. Rebecca says:

    There are LAWS that require students to go to school for a certain # of days/hours per year. This does not effect the actual TIME spent in school, only the number of times a school bus has to drive, and the number of days in a row that temperatures have to be kept at a comfortable level. The savings are ENERGY savings, not savings resulting from salary cuts.

    1. John says:

      You are assuming the heat will be turned off on Fridays (it won’t unless you want broken water pipes). Either that, or you are assuming that electricity costs less on Thursday at 4PM than it does on Friday at 9AM.

  31. sirandrew says:

    I would not be surprised if the teachers pay would not be reduced by 20%. They have a contract. The closing for one day a week will not affect the health benefits or pension amount.

    The best solution would be to have the option of taking the amount of the actual direct costs per child and issue vouchers for that amount allowing the parents to continue with the failed public schools or for private schools/

  32. StaticKlingon says:

    If nearly half of school employees are administrators, that would be a good place to start. Give them minimum pay and demand maximum results. They are the “help” not the bosses. Teachers are not the cream of the crop academically speaking. Why do you think of them as anything but overpaid babysitters? They are not. If your child’s education is something you would trust to the incompetent, then you are already past hope. Take a STFU pill and go back to your Oprah show.

    1. Greg R says:

      Listen, I’m with you and others on top-heavy districts, but please don’t exaggerate. There aren’t any districts anywhere where ‘half” the employees are administrators. More like 10% and usually less.

      1. Jackie says:

        Greg R: Not true. While half is overstated, 10% is under stated. Current administration costs (not headcount) at most school districts across the country run 20-30% of an overall budget.

      2. Frederick says:

        Greg R, exaggeration is usually used to make a ‘point’, unless you are an obamaite. If you are an obamaite,than exaggeration would be the euphemistic word for LIES. You hear/read it every day from the reigning regime.

  33. Shocked says:

    I believe too many people are afraid of change! This suggestion and the close-minded negative reaction towards one example of how we have to alter our live styles is a prime example. People so far have gone after the Teachers Union and the School districts themselves for this suggestion when in fact we the taxpayers are just as guilty. We refuse to want to pay more except what we see fit to spend our hard earned money on…well I think that our future is a pretty damn good way to spend our money. Education is the key to this! I find it appalling we are so closed minded to see the benefits of education and we want to cut our youth short because of our shortcomings.

    1. Ron Zaks says:

      Shocked where have you been the last 30 or 40 years? Education funding has doubled or tripled and the education results have decreased concurrently. Money has not attracted the brightest students into becoming teachers. Any university that has an education college, the students of same have the lowest test scores of all the colleges of that university. Teachers are professionals and as such do not need a union. Teaching is a dynamic enterprise and the teachers can not use a cookie cutter approach to education. This is where the union steps in and says no.

      1. Shocked says:

        Well lets look at this I don’t hear parents pushing there children into becoming educators, instead its become a doctor or a lawyer why? Because these careers are known to be where the money is (PA average starting lawyer is $44,500 and average overall is $90,300). Lets face it you get what you pay for and well we are choosing to not pay very much! Teaching is not a lucrative career (starting salary $34,976 average over all $54,027 in PA). In a society were as a whole we have fallen behind in salary growth compared to cost of living increases who truly would want to knowingly go into something where you are already behind. And well the teachers salaries are only a portion of a school districts budget, have you forgotten about the cost to heat/cool the building the students sit in or the paper products used, fuel used to transport the students, the equipment needed (computers, printers, staples, pens, pencils, etc.) the list goes on forever but yet we are narrow minded to think that the only thing that makes up a school districts budget is the teachers and their salaries. So where have you been in the last 30-40 years while the cost of everything around us has gone up?

  34. Jimmy 44 says:

    Not sure how this new math works. Workers in school district are paid over $77,000,000. We reduce the work week by 20% and the school saves $1,700,000. ($77,000,000 x .2 = $16,400,000)

    1. Greg R says:

      Salaries don’t change. Teachers works same hours, students attend same hours. The savings come from 20% reduction in bussing and a reduction in heating/cooling, etc.

    2. real says:

      not if you include the fact they will be adding hours to days. i mean their math is bs but yours aint right either…read the article 2 times before commenting people you all suck at retaining and learning anything

      1. Joe Dawson says:

        What’d you expected? The Department of Education learned me how to math.

    3. AK says:

      Look up what fixed and variable costs means. Then you might understand why your math model is incorrect. Jimmy, are you the product of our great public school system? Maybe you might think before you write next time.

  35. W M Sanders says:

    If closing schools for one day brings about a saving of 20% why not close schools 4days per week and accomplish an 80% savings.

  36. NFLMark says:

    Why not just cut teacher salaries and benefits? It makes more sense than dumbing down school children. Our children need the education, too many of them are failing, now. Cut teacher salaries!!

    1. jess says:

      They are saying they will extend the minutes each day that the kids are there to make up for missing the 5th day. It’s not less school, just structured different.

      School board members should be let go before teachers salaries are cut. These schools should be able to run themselves. An d these board members are rakig in the dough.

      1. Greg R says:

        Jess – do you know how silly you sound? It wouldn’t take but about 30 seconds of research to learn that board members are not paid. $0.

    2. Michael Alestra says:

      why stop at schools, lets go to a 4 day workweek too.

    3. Frederick says:

      NFL Mark, ‘cutting’ the salaries and benefits of teachers would(?) in all probability result in an extrapolation of a lower quality of teachers—-
      if that is possable. Cutting off one’s nose to spite its face is not feasable. More though and discussion is needed regarding this situation. Best regards.

    4. John says:

      I think you may be on to something! Let’s cut the teachers’ pay! And while we’re at it, let’s cut the pay for police, firefighters, everyone! I mean, why not just cut their pay 50%? Think of all the money we’d save? Of course, there would be the tiny problem of having empty schools when all the teachers move on to jobs that pay people like they have a college degree, but don’t worry, I;m sure you’ll find plenty of educated people to take their places. And if you don’t, I’m sure you will be able to fill the positions with plenty of uneducated people instead. Think of it, just replace all the teachers with the people who work the drive-through at McDonalds, and we’d have money to burn!

  37. DC54 says:

    It makes sense. With gas prices going up and having fueling tied into school funding it makes sense that schools will need to look at alternative education. We as Americans can’t think that because fuel prices go up schools are exempt from the hikes too.

    1. NEO CON JOHN says:

      DC54 U R KORREKT! ALL THE KIDS SHOULD B HOME SCHOOLED!!!!!!
      I R A PHILLY SCHOOL GRAD.

  38. Jay says:

    Several schools in Montana have been doing it for years. It saves more money than you can possibly believe. They go for a bit longer, and still go for 9 months. Sports happen on Friday, and kids don’t miss school for sports or field trips. Just think, the school’s electricity bill will be approximately 1/5 lower. They will spend 1/5 less on toilet paper (SERIOUSLY HAPPENS!). And all sorts of other places you would have never though you would save money.

  39. FedUp! says:

    Why are we feeding school kids???!! What, food stamps don’t enable a parent to pack their kid an apple & a pb&j sandwich??!! OUTRAGEOUS!! So much of the free food PAID BY TAXPAYERS gets thrown away!!!

    1. Frederick says:

      FedUp, Children require nourishment for normal physical/mental growth. Despite what the parents might do with the tax-payer handouts, we MUST ENSURE that the children receive VITAL nourishments!!!! Just as you are, they are our future. The consequence of denial now ,will bear bad tidings for our future. Think about that.

      1. John says:

        That’s true, but what FedUp is getting at is that we are paying for it twice. I used to think that the schools should drop food service, but instead, the government should deduct that amount from the welfare/food stamp checks (or debit cards or whatever they’re using now). That way, the school food service could charge actual cost (like they do with the kids who don’t get welfare) and not lose so much money that could be better spent in classrooms.

        Either way, we shouldn’t be paying for their food twice!

  40. AmericaDoesntNeedUnions says:

    This is just union strong-arming… This is how the union works, instead of saying times are tough, and we need to pull it out, and they want to cut resources, possibly pay us a bit less, we’ll only work 20% less as well… Abolish the teachers unions and these problems will go away, plain and simple.

    1. DC54 says:

      Hey, idiot, are you blind! They extend each day of the week to supplement the time lost on Friday. Kids are actually in school longer on a four day week. What would be worse four day weeks or having a Detroit on your hands. Detroit schools have a 60 student to 1 teacher ratio. This has nothing to do with Unions. I think Unions are stupid, yes, but this has nothing to do with Unions. All schools public or private are facing financial problems. Such ignorance.

      1. NEO CON JOHN says:

        HEY DC, are you saying that philly kids are literate??If so you need a reality check.
        Stats clearly state that the only kids that are ready for collage upon graduation come from PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND HOME SCHOOLS.THE MAJORITY OF THE REST SIMPLY WANT TO BE GANGSTER RAPPERS!

  41. Paula says:

    Just get rid of the school lunch program and have all of the kids pack their own lunches. Problem solved.

  42. chris says:

    “The Coatesville Area School District in Chester County and the Warren County School District are considering year-round four-day weeks as a way to prevent layoffs and program cuts”

  43. sheriff says:

    Bad idea, will breed drop outs & juvenile delinquency.

    1. K says:

      But that’s already the case…

  44. chris says:

    Am I understanding this correctly that they want the kids to go to school year round? 4 days a week, year round would be a great idea. I wish my school would go with this, I think the kids would retain what they learned if they didn’t have a whole summer to forget what they learned.

  45. Guess Who says:

    Yeah, working parents will just love having to pay for daycare one day a week.

    1. teaisstronger says:

      WHAT ABOUT THOSE FREE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL MEALS?

      Will the students get food vouchers to use while school is closed. Food vouchers should be given that could be used in expensive restaurants that sever healthy food or sold on the street so the cash can be used to buy drugs.

      1. AnneMarie says:

        Again, ‘teaisstronger,’ quit making Tea Partiers look bad. No one said anything about school vouchers. Crimeny!

  46. Laura Bogan says:

    I don’t live in PA, but I think this is horrible. Our children need more of an education, not less. Also, what does this mean for the parents that work during the week? In this economy, are they supposed to pay for care that day their children are not in school? Hopefully this doesn’t go anywhere because it would be a devastating concept to spread…

    1. teaisstronger says:

      DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY

      The kids will receive 4 days of “concentrated” education that will actually be equivalent to 7 days of regular education. Also, every student can be given their very own expensive laptop or iPod so they can keep current on their education concentrate.

  47. Ann says:

    The kids will just hang around at home for three days each week, learning nothing, making no progress. Why bother with school at all? If you just want to save money, shut the schools down. Who needs an education?

    1. Doug Glantz says:

      I agree.

      Shut the schools down.

      Parents then would have the authority to determine what is best for their children’s education.

      1. Michael Alestra says:

        i really hope this is sarcasm. Lack of parenting is the problem now and you want to give them more control over the kids education?

    2. teaisstronger says:

      WRONG AGAIN

      These kids will be practicing their FLASH MOB tactics so they can converge on those few Box Stores and Exclusive Department stores that still remain in “Brotherly Love.” That fifth day of no school could be called “Grabbing Day.”

      1. DC54 says:

        Wow, that’s not prejudice. You just summed up all of PA students. From K-12th grade. It does give a funny mental picture. Watching Kindergarten students steal from malls. Is this what the Tea Party represents? Prejudice and stereotyping. I was really looking into Tea Party values but I don’t like what I’m seeing.

    3. John says:

      All joking aside, just watch the crime rate go up on Fridays. This is the reality of a 4-day week. Kids do not do well unsupervised for a whole day.

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