A bleak picture emerged of the possible aftermath in the state’s schools: only three guidance counselors for 3,200 students at Berkeley High School; classes increasing to 43 students per teacher in Los Angeles; students in a Sacramento suburb no longer given access to classes required for college admission; and an estimated 250,000 students pushed out of California community colleges by fee increases and financial aid cuts.
Several speakers testified that a proposed cut of more than $300 million in home-to-school bus transportation would leave many students stranded.
“My students live in rural Gilroy, many miles from school, across the 101 Freeway, without a safe route to walk or even ride their bikes,” said Rebecca Scheel, who has been driving school buses in Gilroy for 12 years. “Many parents work in the fields and are not available to take them in the morning to school. There is no public transportation. . . . Our kids desperately need the school bus to get to school safely.”