Rise & Shine: Cañon City district is the latest to consider four-day week

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Is the four-day school week contagious? It's starting to seem that way as more Colorado districts adopt the schedule as a way to recruit and retain teachers. The latest district to consider the switch is Cañon City Schools — with a final decision  coming later this spring. While some parents like the extra time with their kids, others struggle to find child care on the fifth day. In addition, a Chalkbeat story last week reported spikes in teen crime in districts with four-day weeks.

Also food for thought today is a provocative essay by Tony Lewis, head of the Donnell-Kay Foundation, describing Denver Public Schools' progress toward students achievement goals as "shocking and dismal," and calling for "new leadership at all levels of the district."

— Ann Schimke, community editor



FLIRTING WITH FOUR DAYS Following in the footsteps of other Colorado districts, the Cañon City School Board is set to discuss the possibility of moving to a four-day school week. The Daily Record

OPINION Tony Lewis, head of the Donnell-Kay Foundation, calls for a “profound change” in Denver Public Schools’ leadership because many students of color and students from poor families aren’t succeeding. The 74 

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