School districts in Missouri might have more flexibility in constructing school calendars.
Wrap: Representative Lyle Rowland says separating the state from controlling the length of school calendar years would grant districts the localized control that could cut down costs.
Rowland, a Republican from Taney County, served as a school district administrator for 20 years before coming to the legislature.
He has introduced a bill that would allow school districts to set the length of their school years by the number of hours in the classroom, not the number of days.
|Description: "In tough times, in short supply of money, you know, some people, some school districts may want to go to four day weeks."|
A Missouri lawmaker is working to give school districts more control over the number of days kids are kept in school.
Wrap: Currently the state requires districts to decide whether students should attend school on a four or five-day-a-week basis.
But Republican Representative Lyle Rowland has introduced a bill that would allow school districts to set the length of their school years in the number of hours spent in the classroom, instead of days.
|Description: "I think it's been out there for awhile talked about and been discussed over the interim. I havent had any teacher groups that have come forward in opposition to it."|
Rowland says school districts might be able to save money on utility costs by being open fewer days each year.
Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.