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South Dakota schools cut costs with 4-day week
Tough arithmetic: Shrinking state support has South Dakota schools flocking to 4-day week
By The Associated Press

IRENE, S.D. (AP) ' When the nearly 300 students in one South Dakota school district went back to school this week, a lot of old friends, teachers and familiar routines were awaiting them. But one thing is missing: Friday classes.

The Irene-Wakonda district is among the latest in a wave of schools going to four-day weeks to save money amid state budget cuts. Superintendent Larry Johnke (JOHN'-kee) says he expects to save $50,000, enough to keep a vocational education program from being scrapped.

The schools say there's no drop-off in educational achievement, but some parents are concerned.

Experts say there's no good research yet on the four-day week. But they point out that it runs counter to another education trend ' lengthening the school year.

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