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LAUSD Superintendent: Shorter School Year Due To Budget Crisis

LOS ANGELES ( — The superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District said Monday that the school year will likely end in April if the state and federal budget crisis isn't resolved.

John Deasy didn't recommend additional budget or teacher cuts at his State of the District address at Robert Kennedy Community School in Los Angeles. Instead, he shocked parents with the decision to reduce the number of days their children would get an education.

"Our school year will have to be reduced to 160 days right off the bat," he said.

Deasy said nearly four weeks of fewer classes will be catastrophic to students.

"I do not have answers to the question as to how are we going to transport students who have the legal right to school in Special Education. That won't be funded," he said. "I do not have answers to the question as to how a student will take their AP exam because LAUSD won't be open. Most everything as we know it will stop and go backwards."

Deasy said the dire situation at LAUSD will become clearer after Election Day when voters cast their ballots on tax initiatives Proposition 30 and 38, which would direct funds to the school district.

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