Here is more information regarding the Governor’s latest proposal and the Budget Crisis negotiations.
Billions at Risk
Urge Lawmakers to Block Assault on Prop. 98
help is needed right away to help block a proposal that would take
billions of dollars in desperately needed funding from schools now and
permanently reduce school’s funding base by more than $7 billion. Get
in touch with your state Senator and Assembly Member and urge them to
oppose more school funding cuts and the raid on Proposition 98.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders (the “Big 5”) are
scheduled to meet through this weekend and consider budget proposals
that could include an attack on the sanctity of the constitutional
funding protections for schools, Proposition 98.
the Education Coalition and other pro-education groups are battling new
proposals from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that would not only cut an
additional $10.8 billion from public education, but would also
undermine the minimum funding guarantee put into the state Constitution
by the voters, who approved Proposition 98.
issue has reportedly surfaced in discussions between the administration
and legislative leaders – the Big 5. These officials – the governor and
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Assembly
Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), Senate Republican Leader Dave
Cogdill (R-Fresno), and Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines
(R-Clovis). Some preliminary reports indicate they could be moving
closer to some final budget deal that could include further significant
cuts to education and the governor’s destructive plan to undermine
the governor is proposing to reduce schools’ funding base by more than
$7 billion by administrative fiat, declaring that he is within his
legal rights to refuse to pay back the money to public education when
times get better.
is outraged at the governor’s assertions. The Association says the
faulty argument will allow the administration to deny billions of
dollars in future funding to schools at a time California has already
fallen to 47th nationally in per-student funding, according to a new survey published inEducation Week.
put, Proposition 98’s formulas allow the state to pay schools less than
they would otherwise receive in the short term, but the proposition
requires the funds be repaid to public education in future years as the
state economy improves.
The deferred funding becomes part of the funding base that becomes a floor for school funding in future years.
Ö Get in touch with your state Senator and Assembly Member now!!
them to oppose any budget plan that would make further cuts in school
funding and undermine Proposition 98’s minimum funding guarantee.
other CTA members and school supporters in your area to contact their
state Senators and Assembly members and urge them to oppose the
education cuts and Proposition 98 raid.
Assembly: Tom Berryhill (209) 576-6425
Bill Berryhill (209) 473-6972
State Senate: Dave Cogdill (209) 599-8540
Governor: Arnold Schwarzenegger (559) 477-1804
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Comments from our members
I called my congressmen and assemblymen Friday. I tried calling the governor's office but his line was disconnected. Figures!
I sent a letter to the editor of the Modesto Bee...we'll see if it get printed...probably not! This is what I wrote:
California students bear the brunt of adults / legislators mismanagement:
Governor's proposal to cut an additional $10.8 billion over the next
18 months is an irresponsible assault on California's students and
schools. And adding further insult, the governor is redefining
Proposition 98, the state's minimum school funding law, to take $7
billion from our schools that would never be repaid, in direct
violation of the constitutional guarantee. Lawmakers need to raise
revenues and solve California's budget problem without further
detrimental cuts to an already under-funded public school system. I
implore our governor and legislators not to balance the California
budget on the backs of students in K-12 that have had no say in the
mess that adults have gotten us into. Remember, these kids are the
adults of tomorrow...they are the ones that will take care of us in our
elderly years. Do we really want to deny students an education now in
the hopes they will not remember what we did to them 10-20 years from
now when they are running the State of California without a quality
education and expect them to take care of us in our golden years?
Please think long term and how this would affect our children. Need to
raise taxes, okay. Need to up the sales tax, okay. Need to increase
fees, okay. But please leave our schools and children alone!
- Jim Boling
Did you read Steve's letter-to-the-Editor in today's BEE? Over my toast
and coffee, I applauded him. I pasted it, below.
state's deficit is now projected to be $42 billion over the next 18
months. The deficit continues to grow at the rate of $470 per second.
Why? Because California mandates a two-thirds majority to pass a budget
and raise taxes. Therefore, our Legislature isn't getting the job done.
Their inaction has added $12 billion to the deficit. The longer this
drags on, the more money these incompetent fools make! They get paid
extra for attending the budget crisis sessions.
Our children are
also paying a high price. In the last 30 years, California will have
gone from first to worst in per-pupil spending. Do we really have to
wonder why our prisons are getting crowded?
We all deserve
better than shutting down schools, halting important infrastructure
projects and IOUs. Every legislator, from Mike Villines, Jeff Denham
and Dave Cogdill, whose attitude of "we're Republicans, we don't have
to do what the majority wants," to stubborn Karen Bass to the
incompetent Gov. Schwarzenegger, need to be recalled and thrown out of
office for failing us.
- Karen Young