San Francisco school district may get bailout from city 

San Francisco schools could get the bailout they are hoping for.


On Tuesday, the district learned members of the Board of Supervisors introduced a resolution that would enable the district to tap into some of The City’s rainy day funds.

San Francisco Unified could face additional cuts of $26 million next school year if tax extensions are not put on a special June ballot and approved by voters statewide. Those cuts are on top of the $113 million in cuts for this and next school year.

If the vehicle and income tax extensions are approved, the district would need to cut $9.7 million.

To prepare for the worst case scenario of not getting the tax extensions, the district announced it would lay off 473 teachers, aids and administrators by the state mandated March 15 deadline. The district needs to make final layoff notices by May 15.

If the resolution is approved by the board of supervisors, the school district would be entitled to 25 percent of the rainy day fund — a 2003 voter approved fund — which equates to $8 million this year.

Superintendent Carlos Garcia praised the Board of Supervisors for introducing the resolution, but said their work is far from over.

“I think it’s fabulous,” he said during the Tuesday night board of education meeting. “We may have a state that doesn’t care enough about its young people and its future, but it’s great to have a city that does take care of its kids.”

The legislature now has until Monday, March 14, to decide whether to hold a special election in June.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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