Los Angeles schools could lose tens of millions of dollars for fire-related closures — but state will likely cover the bill

More than one-third of LA Unified schools closed this week because of raging fires in the San Fernando Valley and the Sepulveda Pass.

No students in all those seats could mean a loss of tens of millions of dollars in state funding, but LA Unified is requesting a waiver that’s usually granted during natural disasters.

A total of 384 schools closed on Thursday and Friday because of poor air quality and traffic issues when freeways were shut down. On Tuesday when the fires began, about a dozen schools in the Valley were relocated to nearby high schools for the day. Starting Wednesday, about 50 schools closed, and that number grew as the fires blazed out of control.

All of the schools in the Valley, in both Local District Northeast and Local District Northwest, were closed, as well as 16 schools in Local District West and 50 independent charter schools. They are all listed on the district’s website, along with a map of the schools and the fire area.

“The state of California supports districts impacted by a natural disaster by allowing them to apply for a waiver of the 180-day instructional requirement,” said Barbara Jones, of the district’s communications department. Click here to read more: http://laschoolreport.com/los-angeles-schools-could-lose-tens-of-millions-of-dollars-for-fire-related-closures-but-state-will-likely-cover-the-bill/