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L.A. Schools Chief Proposes Cutting School Year by Six Days
The head of the Los Angeles Unified School District has proposed shortening the school year by six days in an effort to minimize layoffs as part of a looming budget deficit.
Superintendent Ramon Cortines said in a news release that the move would save the nation’s second-largest school system a projected $90 million and an estimated 5,000 jobs.
The state budget for the 2010 fiscal year allowed districts to reduce the school year by five days. The proposed sixth day would be a student-free workday. Mr. Cortines acknowledged that the move would be drastic but said the alternative could be bankruptcy. The district is facing a projected $640 million deficit for the 2010-11 school year.
Vol. 29, Issue 22, Page 4Published in Print: February 24, 2010, as L.A. Schools Chief Proposes Cutting School Year by Six Days