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Santa Barbara District Brings Back 180-Day School Year

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

It will be a full 180-day school year for the Santa Barbara Unified School District, thanks to the passage of Proposition 30, Superintendent Dave Cash said at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The district had negotiated seven furlough days — and five fewer days of class for students — with the Santa Barbara Teachers Association and the local California School Employees Association, but new negotiations began after November’s election.

The last day of school will be Thursday, June 6 for the 2012-13 school year, and the district will reschedule high school graduations accordingly.

School districts would have faced millions of dollars in midyear “trigger cuts” if Gov. Jerry Brown’s November tax initiative failed, and Cash said the Santa Barbara district had to make those cuts this summer instead of waiting for the election’s outcome because of employee notification laws.

The seven negotiated furlough days yielded $3.4 million in savings.

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» on 12.05.12 @ 08:27 AM

It is a difficult situation in which the board/Superintendent and the Union finds itself. The reality is that less time in a good, effective classroom will negatively impact student learning. It would be worothy to track those schools and classrooms that have had success with students particularly with second language learners and discover the impact.

» on 12.05.12 @ 02:13 PM

Bob I agree with you, in theory. Students who spend more time in class obviously have an opportunity to learn more stuff and/or learn that stuff more deeply, even if it’s only one more week. But in practical terms, I think the impact of adding these five more days on student learning will be small and difficult to measure. We’ll see, though. I’m glad they reached an agreement on this so soon. Now everybody can plan ahead.

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