Budget cuts might cause reduced school week

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The battle over education at the State Capitol could have a significant impact on Arizona students and parents. If the state slashes school funding, one Valley district is considering cutting classes from five days a week to four.     

The Peoria Unified School District sent a survey to thousands of parents asking for input about the potential shortened school week.

Parents told 3TV that they don't necessarily agree with the budget saving option.

"I just worry about these little kids being in school longer than they already are," said grandmother Sandy Balmaceda.

District spokeswoman Danielle Airey said they are exhausting all options.

"Unfortunately, we're having to look at a drastic measures such as this because of the financial position we may be in if this budget were to be passed," she said.

The district is faced with up to $5 million in budget cuts. Airey says the 30-day study to review the feasibility of a four-day work week will help determine that.

The plan would reduce the school week to four days and increase the hours students spend in the classroom.

Tiffany Mayne says her fifth-grader has enough on her plate already.

"I don't think it's fair for the kids because they already have so much at school right now, because they already have a ton of homework; it takes one to two hours at home," she said.

The reduced school week study is just one of many money-saving possibilities. District officials say the comments on the survey will help determine their decision.

Parents are also encouraged to use social media and #myschool to share their opinions.