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State Lawmakers Consider Four-Day School Week

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Illinois lawmakers are considering a four day week for some struggling schools.

Supporters say it would help districts save money on utilities and busing.

But State Representative Monique Davis, a Chicago Democrat, says it would just pass fiscal problems onto students and their families.

DAVIS: I don’t believe that children should be told, “You can stay home alone for a full day and take care of yourselves, take care of your little brothers, take care of your little sisters, because the state can no longer afford to educate you.”

Districts would have to hold public hearings before cutting any school days. The plan would have to be reviewed by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The measure has already passed the State House, and now heads to the Senate.

Governor Pat Quinn is threatening $1.3 billion in cuts to Illinois schools next year to ease the state deficit.

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