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San Francisco schools will lose $5M in midyear cuts

San Francisco Unified School District will lose $5 million in midyear cuts triggered by a report that state revenue is lower than the governor and legislators predicted last summer, school officials said Tuesday.

“As bad as things are in our budget, they are going to get even worse,” said Superintendent Carlos Garcia, at the SFUSD school board's monthly meeting.

Garcia said that the $5 million would include a $3.6 million cut from the district's home-to-school transportation subsidy. The cuts were lower than the $13 million district officials predicted earlier this month.
 
The district will not cut programs this year, but the trigger cuts will make planning for the 2012-13 budget more difficult, Garcia said.

While the trigger cuts were not as extensive as they might have been, school board member Jill Wynns said that any cuts were a problem.

“This is an unacceptable deal for K-12 schools,” she said.

Wynns also noted that the cuts disproportionately affect school districts that rely on state subsidies for school buses. She asked the school district community to join her in advocating for an even distribution of cuts.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com

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