The Missouri House of Representatives granted approval to give Missouri school districts the option of going to a four-day school week (2/25, Local). The bill now moves forward to the Senate for approval. The reasoning behind this bill is to help our Missouri schools save valuable dollars.
I am a firm proponent of our school districts saving taxpayer money. However, is this idea the best that our legislators could come up with? Did they consider the financial stress that this option would put on the families of millions of Missouri children?
Most working parents have a five-day workweek with no option of moving to four days without losing salary. Those parents will then have to make care provisions for their children who are unable to stay home by themselves. This is an expensive proposition, as anyone with young children can attest.
Further, what about the thousands of hourly school employees who could lose a significant amount of income as a result of this option?
We are all struggling in this economy, but the ramifications of this bill reach much further than our legislators have taken into account.