Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed cutting a week out of the public school calendar, the latest desperate measure in California's struggle with a $41 billion budget shortfall. The Governator says the $1.1 billion savings will ward off other cuts to education, which makes up 40% of the state budget. Schools would close early or find money to finish the 180-day year, raising fairness concerns, reports the Los Angeles Times.
"It would particularly hurt our low-income students and students of color," said the state education superintendent. "The result would be a further widening of the achievement gap."