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Santa Ana Unified, City Clash Over $7 Million School Crossing Guard Funding

An ongoing clash between the city of Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Unified School District over funding for crossing guards could threaten the safety of thousands of students.
Santa Ana city councilors last week voted 5–2 to delay a decision to renew a $7 million agreement to fund school crossing guards for up to the next five years. The agreement will return to the council for a vote on June 20.
The agreement, presented by city leaders at a May 16 council meeting, would provide 55 crossing guards for 40 schools in the Tustin, Santa Ana, and Garden Grove unified school districts.
However, because the majority of the schools are in Santa Ana Unified’s district, councilors argued the city shouldn’t be responsible for paying for the guards and the district should cover or, at least, split the cost with the city….

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