Published Online: February 15, 2013

House panel discusses four-day school week bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One school district in Alaska might be allowed to have three day weekends.

HB21, from Reps. Peggy Wilson, Tammie Wilson and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, would create a three-year pilot program that would allow a single school district to hold classes for four days a week.

If the bill passes, school districts would have to apply to the Alaska Board of Education and Early Development to participate in the program.

Any school district that applies must prove their students will receive the "educational equivalent of a five-day school week." They also would have to show the majority of the community supports the program and provide quarterly reports to the board.

Rep. Peggy Wilson says 120 school districts nationally have implemented a similar program.

The House Education Committee held the bill Friday.


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