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Three small schools in S.F. Unified brace for cuts

Three small schools in San Francisco that serve predominantly Black, Latino and low-income students are preparing for steep budget cuts, Mission Local reported.

June Jordan High School, Cleveland Elementary and John O’Connell High School are each facing cuts of about $200,000, or the equivalent of three teacher positions. The cuts are related to declining enrollment districtwide; San Francisco Unified has lost 10,000 students since 2019. In January, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced cuts to statewide K-12 education funding totaling $1.5 billion.

The potential cuts, which some educators said impact small schools disproportionately, could result in fewer teachers, more combination classes, larger class sizes or reductions in class preparation time. The school board will make its final budget decisions by July.