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L.A. may cut school year by six days. Will students suffer? What do you think?

February 15, 2010 | 11:47 am
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a55d0d3c970b-600wi

Talk back L.A.

The latest idea for easing the Los Angeles Unified School District's financial crisis might actually be popular  -- with elementary school students.

Supt. Ramon C. Cortines proposed Friday cutting six days from the school year to help reduce an estimated $640-million deficit and avoid the need for widespread layoffs in the nation's second-largest school system.

The Times' Jason Song reports Cortines' proposal is somewhat unexpected. Cortines has repeatedly said that he did not want to shorten the school year.

Officials said the reduction would save the district $90 million and could spare up to 5,000 jobs.

"Do I think [this] is good education policy? No," Cortines said. "But we are in a real crisis."

What do you think? Share your views below.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

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