Dayton: Four-Day School Week Not For Education Reasons

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DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton presented his K-12 education plan yesterday at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School in St. Paul. He said that over the past eight years Minnesota schools have seen a $1,300 decrease in real per-pupil funding. Furthermore, no school has gone to a four-day week for educational purposes, but to cut costs.

Dayton’s Bluff was once one of the worst schools in Minnesota but now has become one of the best schools by implementing the changes Dayton now proposes: smaller class sizes, all-day kindergarten for every school, providing early childhood opportunities to every kid in Minnesota, training and retaining great teachers and utilizing effective public/private partnerships.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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