School districts trim summer courses to control costs

Tight budgets are prompting Los Angeles public education districts – from grade school through community colleges – to cut many summer classes this year. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall reports that administrators say they have no choice.

Cheryl Devall: Summer school won’t happen for most elementary and middle school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Its officials there say they have to cut more than $130 million before the current school year ends, and summer school was one place to do it.

They say that’s because California may cut more than $5 billion from its education budget – and because sales and property tax revenues are down. L.A. Unified high school students who need to make up graduation requirements and core classes will be able to take courses this summer.

So will students with disabilities in the Extended School Year program. Students who’d hoped to take summer courses in the L.A. Community College District won’t be as lucky. Several of its campuses are also cutting summer sessions to save money.