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February 27, 2008 > Superintendent disappointed with cuts

Superintendent disappointed with cuts

Submitted By Dara Tom

Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, Sheila Jordan, issued the following statement regarding the Legislature's action on Friday, Feb. 15, to cut millions from schools across California in the middle of the school year.

Some lawmakers are claiming that these cuts won't hurt schools this year. Unfortunately you can't cut a half billion dollars out of public education without real sacrifice both short term and in the long term. While the cuts target anticipated 'unexpended balances' across a number of key education programs according to the legislation, these dollars should instead be reinvested toward the very purposes they were originally allocated to address.

Whether it is the $37 million cut for class size reduction, the $22.4 million reduction in preschool and child care, $1.6 million for pupil testing or the tens of millions in funding stripped from other parts of the education budget, it all adds up to a disinvestment in public education. Our classrooms and schools, already saddled with $507 million of the reductions this year, should not bear a disproportionate burden of the total $1.3 billion in mid-year cuts.

2008 was designated to be the year to begin a serious conversation about greater investment and reform in public schools. More than two dozen studies confirm the pathetic investment California makes in education. Today's action begins a tragic march backward.

We, in education, stand against these cuts, and instead propose finding a revenue source - closing tax loop holes as well as rethinking former tax cuts, for example - as a way to fully fund quality education for every child, in every classroom, every day.

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