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San Francisco school district loses big because of Giants parade

  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo holds a World Series flag as confetti rains down, during a parade on Market Street in celebration of the baseball team's victory in the World Series, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Paul Kitagaki Jr.)

SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of San Francisco kids apparently skipped school to attend last week's Giants World Series parade.

The school district had sent a letter home to parents on the eve of the victory parade urging them to send their children to school rather than head to the parade.

But more than 4,100 students were absent, costing the district nearly $160,000 in California funding. The state pays $38.27 each day a student shows up for school.

About 49,000 students attend San Francisco public schools each day. On parade day Wednesday, just 44,700 kids made it to class.

The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bitly.com/YHhS14 ) says the majority of students skipping classes were from high schools, where about 23 percent of students were absent. That compares to about 3.5 percent on a normal day.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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