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Beverly Hills makes controversial school cuts

December 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The Beverly Hills school district is gearing up to cut about 10 percent of its student body after it ends a policy that allowed out-of-district enrollment. The change is raising anger among the so-called "permit parents." They are reluctant to send their children to the beleaguered Los Angeles Unified School District, where more than a quarter of high-schoolers drop out.

This move comes as the district switches to a budget plan financed directly by the city's wealthy tax base instead of with state money based on enrollment. The state allots $6,239 for each nonresident student.

"What is wrong with me saying, 'We have to save our resources for residents?"' said Beverly Hills school board Vice President Lisa Korbatov. "Our police do not respond to neighboring cities if someone is mugged or assaulted."

Beverly Hills would end outside enrollment next school year. The plan would affect 484 children. The board will vote next month.