The record 100-day wait for the state budget is over, but concerns still remain for school districts across California, including La Cañada Unified.
California school districts were required to budget for the financial year in June, but since the Legislature submitted its budget three months late, districts were forced to base their plans on assumptions of how many dollars they might receive from the state.
"Think of an airplane that takes off, and once it's in the air, it finds out how much fuel it has," La Cañada Supt. Jim Stratton said at a PTA meeting at Palm Crest Elementary last week. "Then think about being notified mid-flight that some of the fuel is going to be drained from your plane. This is essentially what happens with the school district when they're forced to plan their budget and begin the school year without knowing how much money they have to work with."