SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ California education officials are reporting a sharp jump in the number of school districts that having serious financial problems because of the state’s budget crisis.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said Tuesday that 174 districts may not be able to meet their financial obligations over the next two years. That’s a 38-percent increase over last year.

The 174 districts on the state’s financial watch list represent about 16 percent of California’s 1,077 school districts.

O’Connell says public education in California has received $17 billion less than anticipated over the past two years. That has led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes and cuts to summer school, libraries and extracurricular activities.


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