By PE Politics
April 14, 2011 4:32 PM

School officials from the Riverside and Corono-Norco unified school districts warned state senators Thursday of major repercussions if lawmakers go ahead with as much as $4.5 billion in additional cuts to schools.

The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst has said the cut would be a worst-case scenario of a 2011-12 budget that does not include revenue from extending higher taxes on income, sales and vehicles.

“We would essentially teach, test and go home,” Corona-Norco superintendent Kent L. Bechler told the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.

The school year would be cut from 175 days to 160 days. Electives and other non-mandated programs would be eliminated. The district would need to get additional salary cuts from teachers and other staff, Bechler said.

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