Schools across California face a devastating fiscal future, with a loss in revenue of $1,400 per student — or more, state education experts said Tuesday.
The role of schools in getting through the pandemic is critical and they should be a priority in federal stimulus funds, said Myong Leigh, San Francisco Unified deputy superintendent of policy and operations.
“This comes at a time when many of our students and families need even more from schools, including meals, technology access, distance learning and social-emotional support,” he said.
That will likely mean larger class sizes, layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts and other ways to curb spending, officials said.
“All indications are it will be very difficult for California education,” said Carrie Hahnel, an independent researcher on education policy, during a webinar hosted by Policy Analysis for California Education, a nonpartisan research center. “Schools in California should be bracing for a big hit.”