S.F. schools lose out as students cheer the Giants
San Francisco took another championship when the Giants won the World Series, but the parade honoring the team cost the school system nearly $160,000 in state funding.
Thousands of kids apparently skipped school to attend Wednesday's celebration, even though the city school district had sent a letter home to parents urging them to send their children to school.
"There is a lot to celebrate with the Giants winning the World Series and Halloween," Superintendent Richard Carranza wrote, according to the the San Francisco Chronicle. "Each school community will determine what works best for its students and staff to mark this momentous occasion in a safe environment. Every day and every minute of instruction counts, so please make sure your child is in school and ready to learn."
Some 4,100 students were absent, costing the district $158,935 in California funding. The state pays $38.27 each day a student shows up.
About 49,000 students attend San Francisco schools each day. On parade day, just 44,700 made it to class.
The Chronicle says the majority of students skipping classes were from high schools, where about 23 percent of students were absent. That compares with about 3.5 percent on a normal day.
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