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Dear Parents: Please Give Us $2500. Love, LCUSD

Not La Cañada Unified School District. (Photo by Anosmia via Flickr)
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Open your purses and turn out your pockets, La Cañada Unified School District needs money. In an effort to bring back aides to kindergarten rooms, reduce class sizes and prevent teacher layoffs, a town hall meeting organized by the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, asked local school families for donations last week to help "make up for the nearly $5 million annually the district will lose as the result of continued spending cuts at the state level," reports LA Now.

No live questions were taken during the "seemingly scripted Q&A style discussion" that served as a "walk-up to an overall recommendation put forth by the foundation that school families contribute a total of $2,500 per year per household," reports La Cañada Online.

The aim is to bring LCUSD back to '07-'08 funding levels when "the services were adequate and class sizes in key areas (grades 1-3 and freshman math and English) were kept at 20:1,"reports La Cañada Online. Officials claim this financial support is key to maintaining the reputation of the school district that attracts new homebuyers and keeps up the value of area homes.