by Meagan Dorsch
When times are tough for state budgets, legislators sometimes cut K-12 education funds as a way to save money.
But several states have been trying to help school budgets by giving school districts the flexibility to lengthen the school day, while cutting back on the number of days that kids attend school each week.
The idea of a four-day school week is gaining ground in many states. 18 states have schools currently on a four-day week and 5 states have introduced legislation to move in that direction.
In this edition of The Buzz, we sit down with Ashley Wallace, senior policy specialist in the National Conference of State Legislatures' education program. Ashley explains why more states are looking into this option, how four-day school weeks operate and why this plan can draw criticism.