School district eyes move to 4-day week if state funding is cut

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A Phoenix-area school district that is one of Arizona's largest school districts by enrollment is exploring a possible switch to a four-day school week if the state cuts school funding.

The 37,000-student Peoria Unified School District announced Friday that it is beginning a 30-day study of the feasibility of a four-day school week in response to Gov. Doug Ducey's proposed budget.

The district says it would be forced to make up to $5 million in reductions if Ducey's budget is enacted by the Legislature.

According to the district, a four-day school week is among possible "creative solutions" the district will consider to reduce the impact of state funding cuts on health, safety and academics.

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