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Children in frigid areas have "snow day" school closures. Could students across sunny California face "budget days" in bad fiscal times?

Gov. Jerry Brown and school officials warn that shutting down school one month early—20 instructional days—is a real possibility next year without an extension of higher taxes. Some see Hawaii, which slashed 17 days in 2009-10, as an...

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