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Chino Unified students may get relief over clerical snafu

June 17, 2009 |  6:05 pm

The state Legislature may deliver relief to hundreds of Chino and Chino Hills students facing 34 extra days of school because of an administrative snafu.

The Assembly Education Committee unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would shorten the length of their summer session to 10 days. 

As we reported earlier this week, the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at Rolling Ridge Elementary in Chino Hills and Dickson Elementary in Chino exceeded the state's requirement of minutes spent in the classroom, and the last day of school was supposed to be Thursday.

But because of the complexities of state law and a clerical error on a spreadsheet, the Chino Unified School District will lose more than $7 million in state funds if classes end at the schools before July 31.

The bill by Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) heads to the appropriations committee next week, something he is trying to move up.

“This is a common-sense bill, so I’m very pleased that it will continue to move through the legislative process, but it needs to move quickly,” he said in a statement. “The district made a mistake and has taken steps to correct it. [The bill] saves taxpayer dollars while minimizing the impact to children and parents who are being punished for the district’s mistake.”

—Seema Mehta