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Schools Worry About Major State Budget Cuts

Nevada County school officials are bracing for potentially major cuts from Governor Newsom’s revised state budget plan. But County Office of Education Superintendent, Scott Lay, says reductions are about what he expected so far, with districts facing declines in their budgets of seven-point-seven percent. And the proposal still needs to be negotiated with the Legislature. But he says layoffs are likely, including for teachers…

click to listen to Scott Lay

Meanwhile, Lay says coronavirus precautions, including the possibility of staggered classroom sessions, will add costs for schools…

click to listen to Scott Lay

Regular deep cleanings, cuts to recess and physical education, and mandatory masks for staff and students are also likely ahead. Newsom says budget cuts could be even worse. But he wants to tap into money from the ecomomic stimulus package Congress approved in March.

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