Thanks to voter-approved Proposition 30, Los Angeles Unified students will attend school for 180 days this year, the first time since the 2008 financial crisis that the district's academic calendar won't be shortened by a lack of money.
The school board voted unanimously today to rescind 10 employee furlough days, which included five instructional days for students.
School will end on June 7 rather than on May 31 as previously scheduled.
Teachers, administrators, school police, clerks and the employees who make up the district's 60,000-member workforce will be reimbursed for three furlough days taken so far this year, and additional days will be canceled.
Schools will still be closed Thanksgiving week, but those lost days will be added on to the end of the school year.
Proposition 30, which was approved Nov. 6 by 54 percent of California's voters, is expected to generate about $6 billion annually by raising the sales tax by a quarter-percent for four years and the tax rate for incomes of more than $250,000 for seven years.
The revenue will stabilize the budgets of districts statewide by reimbursing them for payments that have been deferred since California sank into recession in 2008. This year, for instance, LAUSD should have received $6,718 per student, but got only $5,221.
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