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Governor’s budget proposal puts schools on financial life support, state schools chief says

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 6:21 pm in Education, Theresa Harrington.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s 2011-12 state budget proposal:         

“The financial emergency facing California’s schools began long before the debate over this year’s budget.

“While I strongly supported the governor’s proposal to extend the temporary revenues, I accept his judgment that no bipartisan agreement could be reached.

“I am grateful that the governor and the Democratic leadership have crafted a budget that — for the time being — avoids a new round of deep cuts to education.

“This budget means another year with California’s schools on financial life support. The risk of $1.75 billion in mid-year reductions, as well as $2.1 billion in added deferrals, will force some districts to make cuts that will harm our students and their schools.

“I welcome the Governor’s call for an initiative to help put our state’s finances back on solid ground. We must seize the opportunity to bring Californians together around a shared vision and a common goal of making our schools great again.”

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