Lawmakers in West Texas have
shifted the power over school calendars to their school districts, prompting a
four-day school week for one district in Olfen, just northeast of San Angelo.
According to Valley Central, Superintendent Gabriel Zamora said the move was prompted by the need to provide
more tutoring and individualized attention for struggling students.
Underperforming students will still have to show on Fridays.
After the state reduced the required amount of instruction from 180 days to at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, the school district thought it would be best to reduce the school week for most students.
change will be implemented this fall and school officials are hoping that this
shift will attract students from other districts, which will increase the amount
of state aid.