An early summer vacation for CA schools?

For many people, under normal circumstances, summer vacation can’t come soon enough.

But if lawmakers don’t work out California’s budget problems in short order, the state could run out of money as soon as February — and some are speculating about the possibility of closing public schools weeks early.

Last week, a reporter from our sister paper in Vallejo reported that California school officials have discussed the possibility of that “doomsday scenario.” In the story, Hilary McLean, the press secretary for State Superintendent Jack O’Connell, confirmed that it had, indeed, been “bandied about.”

You can read the Times-Herald story here.

Of course, none of this is certain to happen, even if the fiscal crisis remains unresolved. But what if it did? It certainly would send a message about the state of public education (or at least, the state of the state) in California.

What consequences do you anticipate, should this come to pass?

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Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Donna

    If the school year were to end substantially early, might not some colleges discount college prep units? For example, instead of five high school semester units, the college would say that due to reduced class time, the student had earned the equivalent of only four units? If this were to occur, the consequences would be disasterous for countless kids who enrolled in the *right* classes, but would suddenly find themselves ineligible due to being a unit short in one or more requirements.

    The academic costs would be tremendous if more than a couple of days were cut. A ten day loss would mean a unit not covered; twenty days would mean no time for at least two units and a stampede out of our public schools of any families with means. The consequence would be the unmistakeable message that California is destined to be #50 in this country when it comes to education.