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More Calif. K-12 public schools in the red

11:58 AM, May 21, 2012   |    comments
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FAIRFIELD, CA - Several area school districts and schools will not make budget this fiscal year or next fiscal year, according to the state superintendent of public instruction.

Those determinations were made in April before Gov. Brown's revised May budget in which public schools could see a 16 percent increase in state monies if voters in November approve a temporary sales tax increase and higher taxes on the state's higher wage earners.

Currently, Travis Unified, Vallejo City Unified, Nevada City Elementary and La Grange Elementary in Stanislaus County are in the top dozen of 188 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) facing financial hardship, says Supt. Tom Torlakson. The 12 LEAs given negative certification could have the local county office of education intervene in their finances by assigning external consultants to help right the budget, requiring a financial recovery plan and even squashing some expenditures.

Torlakson says the 188 LEAs struggling financially represent more than 2.6 million of California's 6.2 million students.


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