School year is shortened in many California districts

07/19/2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

Sixteen of the 30 largest California districts are shaving days off of school calendars in an effort to help close budget shortfalls, at a time when education experts are citing the importance of more time in the classroom. Districts are trimming as many as five days through unpaid furloughs for teachers and staff and eliminating professional-development days. Such cutbacks will result in large savings for many California districts -- including $145 million for Los Angeles -- but educators say it will hurt students.

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