Lawmakers to Debate 4-Day School Week 

A proposal to allow Maine schools to operate on a four-day week will be aired Monday in the Legislature.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee will hear testimony on the bill that would authorize school systems to adopt alternative calendars as long as equivalent instruction is provided.

Experts suggest that a shortened school week could cut busing, heating and meal costs but may sacrifice quality and pose scheduling problems for extracurricular activities.

Education Commissioner Susan Gendron plans to attend the hearing but will neither support nor oppose the bill.