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Alhambra Unified, "on the edge of a funding cliff," joins lawsuit

The Alhambra Unified School District recently joined eight other school districts across the state in backing a lawsuit demanding "that the current education finance system be declared unconstitutional and that the state be required to establish a school finance system that provides all students an equal opportunity to meet the academic goals set by the state." The California School Boards Association, Association of California School Administrators, and California State PTA filed the lawsuit against the state of California in May. "For us, right now we're on the edge of a funding cliff," AUSD Superintendent Donna Perez told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The district has cut $45 million in the last two years and will cut more than $10 million by the 2011-12 school year. The adult ESL program was eliminated in March, and 35 additional staff reductions took place last month. Perez told the Tribune that, barring any funding changes, the worst is likely yet to come. "It is going to cut now the very essential services to our students and the essential jobs of our employees," she said.

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