California districts say cuts will be painful

Jan. 14, 2008
Governor wants to slash next year's public school funding by $4.35 billion

California public school officials say Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts in education funding for 2008-09 would reach deep into classrooms. Many K-12 school districts say they have only begun to recover from slashed budgets in the early 2000s, and this would push them backward once again.
Click here to read The San Diego Union-Tribune article.

ALSO: The Los Angeles school district may have to slash $36 million from the current budget and up to $500 million next year. Those reductions could affect reform efforts, salaries and classroom programs. In his preliminary budget proposal, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed reducing spending for public schools by $4.35 billion next year, but the immediate panic was caused by his plans to slash $360 million this year, which will be more than half over by the time officials scramble to propose cuts.
Click here to read The Los Angeles Times article.

EARLIER: In a politically charged move to help whittle down the state's $14 billion deficit, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to propose billions in cuts to public education and a suspension of schools' constitutional funding guarantee under Proposition 98. The suspension, which requires a two-thirds vote of lawmakers, has been done only once before – during the fiscal crisis of 2004 – and left Schwarzenegger reeling from accusations that he broke a promise to restore education funding in subsequent years.
Click here to read The Sacramento Bee article.

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