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San Diego Schools To Return To 180-Day School Year

An improving financial picture for California schools will mean more days in class for San Diego students.

Aired 1/30/14 on KPBS News.

An improving financial picture for California schools will mean more days in class for San Diego students.

State leaders dropped the required number of school days from 180 to 175 starting in 2009 to help districts cope with deep cuts to state funding. San Diego Unified schools operated for the minimum 175 days for three years starting in 2010.

This fall, thanks to temporary taxes increases voters approved in 2012, city schools opened with 178 days on their calendars.

Districts leaders and the teachers union reached an agreement earlier this month to add one more day back before the school year is out in June, according to a district spokeswoman.

Under the school calendar approved at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting the district will be back to the full 180 next fall. San Diego city schools are ahead of the state’s deadline. All districts have to get back to the longer school year by the fall of 2015.

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