San Jose Unified School District Prepared For Looming State Budget Cuts

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A projected $3 billion budget deficit now facing California this fiscal year will almost certainly trigger cuts in December at school districts throughout the state.

“Some of the school districts are probably going to have to cut back an entire week out of this current school year,” said Leslie Reynolds, a former president of the Santa Clara County School Boards Association. Reynolds serves on the school board of the San Jose Unified School District.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Reynolds said her district would probably lose just under $12 million, or about $350 per student, because of the cuts.

Some Republican legislators said the report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office proves the budget deal was filled with accounting gimmicks and did not control spending.

Democrats have called for the Legislature to work with the governor to find ways to avoid the automatic cuts built into the budget deal passed over the summer.

Reynolds said there would be few changes in San Jose schools because district officials had prepared for the worst.

“We’ve anticipated these bad times,” she said.

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