In an era when education experts are pushing for a longer school year, it is dismaying to see that Vacaville students may be spending less time in the classroom next school year.
Last week, the Vacaville Unified School District approved a budget that calls for five days to be lopped off the 2012-13 school year, while Travis Unified School District decided to trim eight days from its school calendar.
Those decisions are ugly — and completely necessary.
School districts throughout California are faced with an impossible situation. They must adopt balanced budgets by the end of June, even though the state won’t know how much money it will be sending them until after the Nov. 8 election, when voters say yea or nay to a pair of competing tax proposals. By the time that vote is counted, one-third of the school year will be over.