Did the District cut $5 million from the operating budget last year?

Yes.
The District cut 52 full-time staff positions (25 teachers, 24 support staff members and 3 administrators).
The cuts also included reductions in school supply budgets (things you see in the classroom students use to learn) and budgets used to provide professional learning for teachers and staff. These budgets have been cut 35% over the past 7 years. In fact, these budgets are at the same level they were 10 years ago – yet we have 1,000 additional resident students.

How have cuts impacted children?

Cutting 52 staff persons has negatively impacted children. Because of the cuts, class sizes have increased. There are currently 27 kids in the Robinson and North Glendale 4th grade classes with no aide. There are also fewer reading and instructional specialists, so students who need extra help in these areas are either not getting as much assistance, or it is coming from the classroom teacher, who is then not able to spend that time meeting the needs of the other children in her classroom.

Why were teaching positions cut last year?

Since 2011, we have been cutting supply budgets (the things in the classrooms students use to learn) and professional learning for staff.
These cuts, over the previous 5 years, were made in a manner to lessen the impact on students and delay the need for a tax levy.
After the failure of Prop A, cutting $5 million to balance the 2016-17 budget further magnified these cuts and made it impossible to avoid a more direct impact on students.
As a result, we now have fewer people supporting more students, and our kids have felt these cuts.

Have class sizes been negatively impacted?

Yes.
As the chart below illustrates, class sizes in the District grew at every grade level this past year. Some grades, such as 1st-4th, are approaching or already at the state maximum.
While the passage of Prop K will not be able to restore all of the cuts made, it will enable the District to restore teaching positions in critical areas of student need.

class size guidelines