More Arizona districts consider four-day school weeks

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PHOENIX -- More schools districts in Arizona are considering four-day school weeks as a way to cope with the state budget crunch.

Way to cut costs

According to a forecast by the State Legislature, the shortfall could be as much as $1.1 billion.

The school districts rely heavily on state money for their budgets. Many districts are already looking at some cuts for next year.

Some districts believe that cutting a day of transportation, utilities and food service and all of the associated costs could be a solution.

Avondale and Queen Creek municipal governments are already running on four-day weeks, as do more than 100 Arizona schools.

Critics argue that children learn more when they are in class five days a week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.