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A group of rural Oklahoma lawmakers are asking the State Department of Education to reconsider rules they say would end four-day school weeks.

Erika Buzzard Wright embraces a supporter during a press conference about the future of the four-day school week at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

The fate of the four-day school week, used by dozens of rural districts in Oklahoma, is up in the air.

Justin Johnson, an eighth grader at Bridge Creek Middle School in Blanchard, works on an essay during writing class on Nov. 21, 2019. Bridge Creek has four-day school weeks.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

The state’s bar has been set for schools to operate on a four-day week and the requirements could force many schools back to five days a week.

Brody Smith is an incoming junior at Noble High School.
Mia Mamone / KGOU

Danica Thompson settles into a couch in the back of Gray Owl Coffee in Norman, where patrons tap away on laptops or read books, surrounded by the smell of freshly-brewed coffee and pastries.