Santa Ana Unified
Santa Ana Unified School district is the seventh largest school district in California, and the largest in Orange County. Santa Ana has a student population of 54,00 students, 95 percent of which are Hispanic. The district is the number one port of entry for English language learners in the United States. The district has the largest freestanding deficit, before the already significant budget slice, which has put the quality of education in jeopardy. Due to the number of English learners, the district has had cut funding for art education, among other things, just to guarantee a basic education. In fact, there is almost NO funding for art education in Santa Ana coming from the federal and state government. The majority of the art budget comes from third party sources. Sadly enough, the district is struggling, and expected to initiate another budget cut early next year (mid school year). The drastic situation makes Santa Ana a top priority on this site.
California needs to embrace the changing face of the people in our community and open educational opportunities for all students alike. The district is fighting as hard as they can to maintain the music department, but if there isn’t enough money for basic enforced education, something must go. Let’s not let the arts die in today’s youth.
For a complete breakdown of the budget deficit crisis in the district, I have posted a link below to Santa Ana’s latest budget release, posted on March 10th.