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California Schools Could Face Even Shorter Schedule

Aired 6/26/12 on KPBS News.

The California legislature is considering an education budget bill that would cut more days from the school year if voters reject Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measure.

The California legislature is considering an education budget bill that would cut more days from the school year if voters reject Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measure.

In May, Brown said if his tax initiative fails in November, districts could cut fifteen days from the K-12 schedule over two years. But a new provision would allow districts to cut fifteen days in each of the next two years for a total of thirty fewer days.

Adonai Mack with the Association of California School Administrators said the change does give administrators more flexibility.

“It gives us a better method for implementing the cuts if need be," said Mack. "It does help us, but you’re talking about shortening the instructional time for students and I don’t think that’s the way most of us would want to see our public education system moving.”

The California Teachers Association said the additional cuts to the school year are an indication districts are running out of options. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the education budget on Wednesday.

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