Friday, May 29, 2009

LAUSD CUTTING BACK ON SUMMER SCHOOL: Like the song says... school's out for summer.

City News Service


Thursday, 28 May 2009, 10:56 PM PDT - Los Angeles -  Summer school has been canceled this year for Los Angeles Unified School District elementary and middle schools due to declining revenues and the current state budget deficit, officials announced on Thursday.

The move is expected to affect more than 225,000 students and save about $34 million, according to the district.

"This is a sad day for our students, our parents and families and our school district," said LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines. "In all of my years in education, I have never seen budget news as bad as the number currently faced by this school district.

"As a result, I have made a difficult decision and I have announced the cancellation of this year's summer school and intersession for elementary and middle school students."

At the high school level, the district will offer summer school and intersession at the high school level for "credit recovery," meaning graduation requirements, core classes and A-G classes only. The Extended School Year Program for students with disabilities will also be offered.

However, the number of schools providing summer programs is being reduced.

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