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Will school districts follow state’s lead in canceling nonessential travel?

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 4:21 pm in California, Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

Although Mt. Diablo school board President Gary Eberhart has suggested that the district eliminate overnight travel to cut costs, the superintendent has not recommended such a budget reduction. Instead, the idea has been added to a list of potential reductions to be considered in the future.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are taking decisive actions to eliminate such costs, due to the budget crisis.

Following the governor’s lead, Torlakson issued a letter to district and county superintendents and charter school administrators today (Friday) canceling the May 2011 School Recognition Awards Ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

The program would have recognized Distinguished Schools, Blue Ribbon schools and Title 1 Academic Achievement Award schools.

“This difficult but necessary step will result not only in significant savings, but will also relieve districts of making an equally difficult decision whether to spend scarce funds to allow school staff to attend,” Torlakson wrote. “Some have called to express concerns about their ability to participate in the event.”

He pledged to continue working to remedy the state’s “fiscal emergency.”

“I look forward to the day when the state’s financial situation allows me to reinstate this wonderful event to recognize deserving teachers, classified employees, and administrators for their exemplary accomplishments,” he wrote.

Do you think all school districts should eliminate nonessential travel during the state budget crisis?

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