Extended Learning

  • A recent Denver Post article looked at the change to four-day school weeks in an increasing number of Colorado School Districts with the last several years of state budget cuts: “Since the recession hit in 2007, 18 Colorado districts have switched to four-day school weeks — a nearly 30 percent increase. The state jumped from 62 to 80 districts with schools [with four day weeks]… Most cited financial reasons for the change…Critics of the four-day week, while acknowledging that even minimal savings can mean a lot to a district, see the practice as adding to an already troubling summer learning loss and flying in the face of trending reform efforts aimed at expanding instructional time.” Click here to read the Post article which includes reactions from parents, educators, and national experts about the impacts of a four-day week.
  • April is the only month in the DPS calendar without at least one shortened (less than five day) school week. Notably, DPS wants to extend learning time, but the budget does not allow for it. (Ed News Colorado; Denver Public Schools budget)
  • After four years of state cuts to education, the Sterling (Sterling Journal-Advocate), Grand Junction (Grand Junction Sentinel), and Garfield RE-2 (Rifle Citizen Telegram) School Districts are considering switching to a four-day school week for the 2012-13 school year. As of 2006-07, 34% of Colorado school districts were already on a four-day school week (Colorado Department of Education).