Minnesota's education department has rejected efforts by two school districts to move to a four-day school week.
The Lake Superior District in Two Harbors and the Northland district in Remer, both in northern Minnesota, were among those looking to the four-day week as a way to save money.
But their applications were rejected last week for several reasons, mostly for not submitting enough data or the right papers. State officials also signaled that Lake Superior and Northland's bids had merit and could gain approval for future years with a re-tooled application.
Even with the rejections, there will be as many as eight Minnesota districts on the four-day schedule this fall.
Six of them already have the needed permission: MACCRAY, Warroad, Blackduck, Ogilvie, Onamia and ACGC.
The state is still reviewing applications for two others, North Branch and Clearbrook-Gonvick.