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Growing Number of School Districts at Risk of State Takeover

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
State schools chief Jack O’Connell released the names of the 174 districts Tuesday and he’s blaming state budget cuts.
O’Connell: “I would say that the contributing factor is lack of adequate funding from the state for several years in a row. These are cuts upon cuts upon cuts. It’s totally exhausted whatever revenue they might have in terms of their surplus, in terms of money set aside.”
But for at least one struggling district, there’s more to blame than the state budget. The superintendent of Natomas Unified, in Sacramento, says his district didn’t make its own budget cuts quickly enough to offset the recession and enrollment declines.
O’Connell says 14 districts won’t be able to meet their financial obligations in the next year or two and risk being taken over by the state. Most of them are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

160 more districts, including 30 in Los Angeles County alone, might fall into the red in the next three years.
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