Money flows to Calif. schools, but little goes to summer programs

Friday, July 12, 2013

Restoring library hours and reducing class size are high on the to-do lists of Sacramento-area school leaders now that more money is flowing their way.

But summer school may have to wait.

During the recession, state lawmakers allowed school districts to divert their summer school money to other purposes. Though California is again spending more on K12 education, local districts have been slow to restore summer school, focusing instead on reversing cuts to the regular school year.

"In the final analysis, the most important thing is the core academic program," said Bob Blattner, an education lobbyist. "Districts faced untenable choices, horrible choices."

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