A new education budget bill allows schools to cut 15 days in each of the next two school years if voters reject additional taxes on sales and income in November, double what Gov. Jerry Brown proposed in his May budget plan.
The governor last month proposed allowing districts to cut 15 days across the next two school years if the tax initiative fails. But the latest education budget bill says districts could actually go down to 160 days in both 2012-13 and 2013-14. That is 20 days below the once standard 180 days, which fell to 175 days in post-recession budget cuts.
According to identical budget language in Assembly Bill 1476 and Senate Bill 1016, the school-day reduction would still be subject to collective bargaining between school districts and labor unions.