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South Dakota schools adopt four-day schedules to try to save money

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Nearly a quarter of South Dakota school districts have adopted a four-day school week calendar, usually to try to save money on transportation costs. That's more than in many states.
Proponents say the schedule gives teachers more time for individual instruction and training. Parents like the flexibility of having Fridays for scheduling medical appointments and other things.
Opponents say the longer days required are hard on younger students and some families struggle to find day care for Friday only.
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