New York’s Public Schools Could Close in 2017, The New York Times reports

SANTA CLARA, Calif.

— A new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the New York City-based Center for Investigative Reporting says California’s public schools could close in 2017 if the state Legislature does not address rising costs, budget shortfalls and the need to boost the state’s economy.

The report, released Tuesday, found that California’s state schools are on track to be closed by the end of the current school year and that more than 6,000 schools could be closed in the next five years.

The state has a projected budget deficit of $18 billion for the 2019-20 school year.