At a House Ways and Means Committee last week, new Superintendent of Education Mick Zais said he does not support shortening school days as a way to save money in a tough budget year for South Carolina. In answer to a question from Spartanburg Representative Rita Allison, Zais said he believed cutting the school day or the school year should only be a “last resort.”
“If we can avoid that at all costs, I would recommend against it. American students go to school a lot less than many students in other industrialized countries, ” Zais responded.
Zais said, if anything, he would like to see longer days in some schools. The idea of saving $200 million by cutting ten days off the school year was mentioned last year by Piedmont Representative Dan Cooper. Cooper later said he floated the idea just for school districts, not as a potential statewide rule.
When he was sworn in last week, Zais talked with SCRN about how he will face this budget year: