If the state of California ends up $2 billion short or more this year, schools are slated to suffer devastating midyear cuts.

Four months into the fiscal year, State Controller John Chiang says California is now $1.5 billion short in revenue, reports the Sacramento Bee.

San Diego Unified, for instance, estimates that it would have to cut between $110 million and $136 million next year, instead of $60 million to $80 million.

The Bee reports nothing is a done deal:

[I]t is not a given that the state will pull those triggers in December even if the state ends up more than $2 billion shy in revenues by that point. As Assembly officials noted last week, it remains possible that the Department of Finance and Legislative Analyst’s Office will say in the coming weeks that California can make up that gap with a burst of spring revenues.

Emily Alpert is the education reporter for voiceofsandiego.org. What should she write about next? Please contact her directly at emily.alpert@voiceofsandiego.org.

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