California school district to cut funding to staff and faculty in response to deadly shootings


(Reuters) – California’s public schools are poised to slash more than $500 million from their annual operating budget in response for deadly shootings of a staff member and a student at a tech campus in Santa Clara on Monday.

The Santa Clara Unified School District said in a statement on Wednesday that it had reached a financial settlement with a family of two students killed at CSU in a shooting at its campus.

The district did not specify the type of settlement.

The school district has also agreed to donate $500,000 to the families of students killed in the shooting, district spokeswoman Jennifer Karp said.

The two students were found shot to death in the parking lot of CSU’s Innovation Campus.

The suspect fled in a white sedan.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that the two victims were a senior engineering major and a sophomore science major.

Santa Clara Unified said the school district had agreed to the settlement after reviewing a criminal investigation and finding “significant and compelling evidence” of the shooting of the two students.

The settlement also requires the district to make changes to the school’s IT and communications system, the district said.

(Reporting by Sharon Begley in Los Angeles; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)