School districts and universities are taking cues from the business world and instituting four-day weeks, a trend that some say could become the norm as gas prices and energy costs continue to rise.

Experimenting with four-day school weeks is becoming popular in some of the country's most remote school districts, where buses travel hundreds of miles for student pickups, drop offs, and sporting events. Some colleges and universities have begun offering four-day weeks for employees and students, although most campuses don't close shop on Fridays. Instead, administrators are authorizing alternative schedules as an employee-friendly policy designed to soothe the sting of


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