Lancaster Makes Case for Four-Day School Week

AUSTIN (AP) - Supporters and critics of the Lancaster school district's proposal for a four-day school week have made their cases to the Texas Education Agency.

Acting Commissioner Robert Scott has the final say on whether to grant the district a waiver that would allow it to deviate from the required 180-day school calendar.

The Lancaster school board voted 5-1 last week to allow Superintendent Larry Lewis to seek a waiver.

Lewis says the shorter week would boost academics and save money as the district deals with a funding deficit.

Some parents have protested the idea over concerns about the cost of child care on Fridays and unsupervised students getting into trouble.

The 6,000 student district is located just south of Dallas.