Garcia warns school cuts may not be over

Though California finally has a state budget, the superintendent of San Francisco schools warns the district it does not mean the cuts are over.

Superintendent Carlos Garcia told the members of the San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education Tuesday night that the “fine print” of the budget still needed to be reviewed and if the state does not get anticipated funding, more cuts could be on the way.

“This budget is based on optimistic assumptions that we will get federal money,” he said. “We could face cuts again if we don’t get it.”

San Francisco schools adopted a budget in June that prepared for a $113 million budget deficit, including a $20 million shortfall this school year.

Garcia mentioned even with this state budget – that is more than 100 days late, a new record – California is still spending the least amount of money on education in the nation. He said schools statewide are only getting 82 cents per dollar of what the schools are guaranteed through various propositions passed by state voters.

San Francisco district officials will travel to Sacramento to read the “fine print,” this week, Garcia said.

 

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