By Rick La Plante, New Haven Schools Director of Parent and Community Relations
The Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a conditional budget that includes a shorter school year, larger class sizes and reduced funding for after-school activities – and that’s a “best-case” scenario. The school year will be even shorter, class sizes even larger and after-school funding even smaller – and schools will be without librarians – if the California legislature and Gov. Brown fail to agree fairly soon on a state budget.
The 2011-12 District budget approved Tuesday night is conditional on the passage and signing of a state budget, but the governor last week vetoed the budget approved by the legislature, and there is no indication that an agreement will be reached any time soon. That leaves New Haven and every other district in California in a state of uncertainty for the 2011-12 school year.