Sydney Walker is scared. She is worried her children, who attend San Juan Unified schools, won’t be prepared for college or classes next year if state lawmakers allow school districts to cut the school year by as many as 15 days.
That could shorten the school year to 160 days – tying California with Colorado for the shortest school year, and well below the national norm of 180 days.
Walker says she knows families who would have trouble finding child care if districts cut school days.
That’s what lawmakers are counting on, according to many education experts.