OAHU, HI - FEBRUARY 18: A kindergarten teacher prepares her students for a classroom lockdown drill February 18, 2003 in Oahu, Hawaii. Lockdown procedure is used to protect school children from possible threats on campus such as intruders, terrorism or military attack. (Photo by Phil Mislinski/Getty Images)
A hard life lesson for California schools: more than 10 percent may not be able to pay their bills.
A recently released report by State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson shows 13 school districts have "negative" certifications. That means they may not be able to cover their bills through the end of next year. Hayward and John Swett in the East Bay are also among the troubled Bay Area districts on the list.
Meantime, nearly 100 districts filed "qualified certifications," indicating they may not be able to pay their bills through 2012-2013.
There is some good news. Three schools districts - Hayward, Emery and Mt. Diablo - posted better outlooks and were able to stay off the "negative" list.