Newly passed California budget includes $8.4 billion in K-12 cuts

02/20/2009 | San Francisco Chronicle

California lawmakers agreed Thursday to cut $8.4 billion, or about $380 per student, from the state's $58.1 billion education budget over the next two years. The legislation makes gifted and other programs optional, but retains funding for smaller elementary class sizes. "We're relieved that the state passed a budget, and at the same time horrified at the amount of money to be given to school districts," said Myong Leigh, planning chief for San Fransisco schools, where 500 teachers may be laid off.

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