Travis schools were closed Monday, Oct. 8. This closure was not to celebrate the Columbus Day holiday. In fact, this closure was not a holiday at all. Travis schools were closed, and students along with their teachers were forced to stay home, because Travis could not afford to open its doors.
Columbus Day was the first of this year’s “furlough days.” In addition to $20 billion in state cuts to education over the past four years, Travis Unified is scheduled to lose an additional $2.4 million for the 2012-13 school year. This translates to the loss of 11 instructional days, or “furlough days,” at a time when standards and expectations are higher than ever.