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A four-day week is an arrangement where a workplace or school has its employees or students work or attend school over the course of four days rather than the more customary five. This arrangement can be a part of flexible working hours, and is sometimes used to cut costs.
In 2008, employees of the Utah state government all began working ten-hour days from Monday to Thursday. By closing state government offices on Fridays, the state expected to save on operating costs such as electricity, heat, air conditioning, and gasoline for state-owned vehicles. Utah ended this practice however, in 2011, with the Utah Legislature overriding Governor Gary Herbert's veto of five-day work week legislation.
Public schools in Hawaii closed on 17 Fridays in 2010. Over 100 school districts in rural areas in the United States changed the school week to a four-day week; most also extended each school day by an hour or more. The changes were often made in order to save money on transportation, heating, and substitute teachers.
More modest attempts to enact 32-hour workweeks have remained elusive in the following 80 years despite pockets of residual support.
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- Heather Kerrigan, Utah's Demise of the Four-Day Workweek, Governing (July 13, 2011).
- Lori L. Wadsworth, Rex L. Facer II, and Chyleen A. Arbon. 2010. “Alternative Work Schedules in Local Government: Qui Bono?” Review of Public Personnel Administration 30, (3): 322-340.
- Rex L. Facer II and Lori L. Wadsworth. 2008. “Alternative Work Schedules and Work Family Balance: A Research Note.” Review of Public Personnel Administration 28, (2): 166-177.
- Rex L. Facer II, Lori L. Wadsworth, and Chyleen Arbon. 2009. “Cities Leading the Way: The Use of Alternative Work Schedules by Cities. 2009 Municipal Yearbook. ICMA Press: Washington DC, pp. 28-33.
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- Toppo, Greg (August 20, 2002). "In rural areas, the four-day school week is growing in popularity". The Christian Science Monitor. Associated Press.
- "Four-Day School Weeks". National Conference of State Legislatures. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
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