“It's really important — more than any other time — for parents to get out there and support their schools by being present and really trying to make up where the money falls,” she said. “We can come in as a community and build it ourselves back up.”
California education officials have also given local school districts permission to shorten their school year to save money. Glendale Unified could tap that newfound freedom to reduce the academic calendar to 160 school days. The current school year is 180 days in length.
[For the Record, Oct. 10, 2012: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that the district plans to reduce the length of the school calendar, when in fact, it merely remains an option.]