LA school board to mull holding full academic year

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Unified schools superintendent plans to ask the board of education to rescind 10 furlough days and restore the district’s 180-day academic year.

The school board is set to consider Superintendent John Deasy’s request at its meeting Tuesday.

Deasy says in a statement that voters’ approval of Proposition 30 staved off a $255 million funding cut, allowing the nation’s second-largest district to fulfill the state-mandated instructional calendar.

The initiative called for a quarter-cent sales tax hike and higher income taxes on the wealthy to fund public education.

Warren Fletcher, president of teachers union United Teachers Los Angeles, hails the move in a statement and notes it would be the district’s first full school year since 2008.

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