KING 5 reporter Chris Ingalls explores the forces driving the rise of partial school days in Washington state and the effects on communities and families.
Budget woes are to blame, squeezing school districts' ability to fund non-classroom working days for teachers to engage in professional development time. Families are left to juggle shifting schedules, students get less instruction time, teachers forego raises in exchange for paid time they need to keep their skills current, and community organizations struggle to provide services to kids who have no place to do on early release days.
Schools shortening calendars with partial days and waivers (May 6, 2013)
Budget woes drive rise in partial school days (May 13, 2013)
Early release days strain Everett after-school programs (May 22, 2013)
Kent school district considers adding dozens of shorter days (May 29, 2013)
State school board reverses course, rejects calendar waivers (May 31, 2013)
State superintendent wants school districts to avoid half days (June 17, 2013)