State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced Monday that fewer school districts reported financial difficulty in the fall of 2012 than had reported fiscal strains in May 2012.

Fall budget reports showed 124 school districts or other local educational agencies had "negative" or "qualified" budgets, meaning they might not be able to pay all their bills in three years without making cuts or receiving more revenues. This was down from 188 agencies in May.

Bay Area districts with qualified budgets included Oakland Unified in Alameda County; the John Swett and Mt. Diablo unified districts in Contra Costa County; the Bayshore and San Bruno Park elementary districts in San Mateo County; and the Alum Rock Union, Evergreen and Franklin-McKinley elementary districts and Gilroy Unified district in Santa Clara County. Districts will update budgets this month.




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