Our new/old governor Jerry Brown generated a collective sigh of relief among public elementary and high-school educators earlier this week when he released a proposed state budget that spares their schools from further bleeding — at least for the time being.
That's good news. We've watched our own district struggle with the fallout of the state's decade-long budget quagmire, and while I think that overall, our district office and board of education have done a masterful job in keeping our schools going strong, it must be dispiriting — at best — to decide what to do without in order to keep from straying deep into the red zone.
One of the La Cañada programs to be pitched overboard this year was the summer school at La Cañada High School. The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, which has long partnered with the district, offered to operate its own summer-school program on the high-school campus this year, saving the district $87,405. That is a drop in the bucket, when you consider the size of school budgets these days (our district's is slightly more than $20 million annually), but it's a quite an undertaking, and one for which the Foundation should be lauded. If the program turns a profit, the proceeds will be handed over to the school district.