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May budget revision: It’s dire

FRIDAY UPDATE: Interim Superintendent Roberta Mayor says the governor’s $5.4 billion scenario could force OUSD to make $21 million in cuts — on top of the $28 million reduction it already faces. I wrote a story today about the development.
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If the ballot measures in next week’s special election fail, as expected, California schools could take an extra $5.4 billion hit from their budgets next year. Our governor says it could force schools to shorten the year by 7.5 days, increase class sizes and lay off more teachers.

Even if the measures (which contain temporary tax provisions and spending caps) pass, schools will have to make an additional $3 billion in cuts next year, he says.

You can read both scenarios here.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Public School Fan

    Presumably other states are also experiencing similar shortfalls as property taxes and sales taxes fall short of expectations. What are other states doing? Are they also chopping off big chunks of public elementary education? Or is this a unique California thing?

  • Katy Murphy

    Good question.

    I should note that public education — which receives some 40 percent of California’s general fund revenue — isn’t the only loser here, by any means. As you can see on the attachment, health and social services (Healthy Families, elimination of drug treatment and crime prevention programs) and prisons (the release of thousands of illegal immigrant inmates to federal custody) figure prominently into the second doomsday scenario.

    As does heavy borrowing.

  • Katy Murphy

    FRIDAY UPDATE: Interim Superintendent Roberta Mayor says the governor’s $5.4 billion scenario could force OUSD to make another $21 million in cuts — on top of the $28 million. I wrote a story today about the development.

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_12379249