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More Districts Save Jobs With Furloughs

All but a few of Orange County’s 27 school districts and county Department of Education have approved furloughs or are considering them for the 2010-11 school year, according to a recent article in The Orange County Register.

Employee furloughs of up to 12 days long have become a favored option for balancing 2010-11 budgets at local school districts, The Register reported.

Several districts are already using furloughs to shorten the 2009-10 year.  Irvine’s school board and teachers’ union recently agreed to 12 furlough days for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.  Santa Ana Unified cut three non-instruction days this year.

Eighty-seven percent of Los Alamitos teachers voted to take two furlough days this year and four next year, alleviating the need for layoffs or class size increases, according to the Los Alamitos News-Enterprise.