The district will be fiscally stable through 2011-12 because of the $5 million saved by increasing class sizes up to 30 students, $3.8 million in annual savings from the tentative agreement with the Glendale Teachers Assn., similar concessions from other employee groups, and $700,000 in annual savings derived from a new summer school program, officials said.
“There are scenarios where teachers are all employed, but ultimately the district pays the price because it can’t make its financial obligations,” Supt. Michael Escalante said. “[And] if the contract doesn’t get ratified, it becomes that much more difficult to project how and when people will be brought back.”
As a public agency, Glendale Unified receives more than 90% of its revenue from state funding. And by law, California must spend 40% of its budget on education.
Legislators are working to close a roughly $20-billion deficit, and they have already cut $17 billion from education spending the last two years, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office and the state Department of Education.
Lawmakers have made some adjustments in recent weeks, but they aren’t expected to make a significant dent in the projected deficit.
Public education is on the hook for another $2.4 billion in cuts again this year, state Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said in a statement.
“We know we’re 40% of that budget, so we know we’re going to take another hit,” Escalante said. “They can’t make money out of nothing.”