Arab Today, arab today california schools brace for fiscal fallout
Last Updated : GMT 03:22:01
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

California schools brace for fiscal fallout

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today California schools brace for fiscal fallout

Washington - Arabstoday

Thousands of California public schools face the prospect of slashing up to a week of instruction, canceling bus services, or laying off nonteaching staff in the middle of this school year because state revenues are expected to fall below what the governor and lawmakers counted on when they approved an $86 billion general fund budget last June. The Legislative Analyst\'s Office—the nonpartisan fiscal adviser to California\'s state lawmakers—predictsRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader the state treasury will be down as much as $3.7 billion, which would automatically trigger up to $2 billion in midyear spending cuts in public programs that will fall hard on K-12 education. The analyst is also projecting a $13 billion shortfall in next year\'s budget. It\'s a scenario that could push some school districts into insolvency. They include San Diego Unified, the second-largest district in California, with 132,000 students. Late last week, Gov. Jerry Brown was poised to file papers to qualify a ballot initiative for November 2012 that would raise taxes on the wealthy and boost the sales tax by a half cent to help stave off even deeper cuts to schools next year, according to the Associated Press. A final verdict on the possible midyear cuts will come Dec. 15 when the governor, a Democrat, releases a final forecast for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. While it\'s possible that the governor\'s finance team could reach a more optimistic conclusion about the level of state income than the legislative analyst, school districts are bracing for the worst. On average, school districts are facing a loss of between $180 and $200 per student. (The average per-pupil spending statewide for the current fiscal year is $7,700, according to the Legislative Analyst\'s Office). That cut would come on top of the state zeroing out all funding for transportation, which totals nearly $250 million. \"The impact will be really severe for classrooms and students,\" said Paul Hefner, a spokesman for Tom Torlakson, California\'s superintendent of public instruction. \"Everyone recognizes that times are difficult, but school districts have already done everything they can to trim their budgets.\" A recent poll by the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Times newspaper found that a strong majority of California voters would be willing to pay higher taxes to support public schools. Those results could bode well for efforts to place an initiative for increased school funding on the November 2012 ballot. \'Just Awful\' California public K-12 schools have endured five straight years of spending cuts, totaling about $18 billion. They also have had to operate without another $10 billion that state lawmakers have deferred in recent years but promised to pay back in future years. Funding for public schools in the current fiscal year—$34.7 billion in general fund dollars—along with expenditures for health and human services account for well more than half of the state\'s general-fund spending. In many school districts, the academic calendar already was cut by a week in the last two years and could be pared even more. Instructional days can be cut under the mid-year budget reductions. Districts can opt to reduce their school year by up to seven instructional days, down to as low as 168. That would put the amount of instructional time that California students receive near or at the bottom when compared with other states, said Arun Ramanathan, the executive director of the Education Trust-West, an Oakland-based nonprofit that advocates for poor and minority children. \"It\'s just awful,\" said Mr. Ramanathan. \"And the rationale for it was, \'Well, nothing happens during the last week of school anyway.\' But California is home to 1.8 million English-language learners for whom every one of those days would count.\" Only districts that can reopen negotiations with their public-employee bargaining units will be able to make an adjustment to the calendar in the middle of the school year. State law prevents districts from laying off teachers in the middle of the school year. Still, with another massive shortfall projected for the 2012-13 fiscal year, teachers are likely to lose jobs, said Dean E. Vogel, the president of the 300,000-member California Teachers Association. Roughly 30,000 educators have been laid off in the last two years, he said. \"People want schools to have what they need in terms of good teachers, low class sizes, and other resources,\" Mr. Vogel said. \"The challenge is drawing the connection for people that schools won\'t get what they need until there is more revenue flowing into the general fund.\" Looking Ahead For districts that planned their budgets based on the worst-case scenario, there will be enough money in reserves to avoid shrinking the school year or making reductions that will disrupt their educational programs, said Michael Ricketts, an associate vice president for School Services of California, a Sacramento-based company that provides financial, business, and governmental advocacy services to school systems. Districts without reserves to draw on or that didn\'t plan for midyear cuts will have to rely on options such as canceling bus services and laying off nonteaching staff members, Mr. Ricketts said. \"If these midyear cuts go through, I think we are going to see many districts that will be in cash trouble,\" Mr. Ricketts said. \"If districts don\'t have enough to make payroll, they\'ll be insolvent.\" San Diego Unified is facing that possibility if it cannot bridge a projected $92 million shortfall next year, according to Bernie Rhinerson, the chief of staff to Bill Kowba, San Diego\'s superintendent. The district planned as if the additional state revenues would materialize. The district laid off between 200 and 300 teachers last year, then rehired most after the state budget was approved in June, Mr. Rhinerson said. Now, the district\'s leadership is focused on how it might reach agreements with its employee unions on deferring raises set to take place in the fiscal year that begins on July 1 and implementing—for the third straight year—a five-day furlough. \"We would like to see a revenue solution after five years of cuts and more cuts,\" Mr. Rhinerson said. \"We\'ve cut all that we can.\"  

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today california schools brace for fiscal fallout Arab Today, arab today california schools brace for fiscal fallout

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Fadi Kataya explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook
Arab Today, arab today Messi visit will contribute in tourism

GMT 14:04 2017 Friday ,24 February

Messi visit will contribute in tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Mental conflict endures

GMT 07:36 2017 Friday ,24 February

Mental conflict endures
View News in Arabic - Education: كتب ومراجع وأبحاث
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 05:19 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 07:51 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Mom's immune system accepts babies

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday