Schwarzenegger Administration Announces Education Spending Proposals

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 3, 2006

The Governor’s plan includes nearly 11-thousand dollars per pupil.  Highlights include 100 million for art and music and 85 million for physical education.  The plan also earmarks money for prop. 49- which expands access to before and after school programs – something the Governor says he’s proud of: 

We will have an additional 428 million dollars available for after school programs, which is a total of 555 million dollars – half a billion dollars – so that will help a lot of families.”

The plan also includes nearly 1.7 billion to re-pay schools money the state borrowed to balance the budget.   The education coalition claims it’s owed two or even three times that, but there’s a tone of cooperation, says Scott Plotkin, Executive Director of the California School Boards Association.

We still have diff. of opinion about the facts and we’ll get those resolved as we go through the legislative process, but I think at least philosophically, everybody wants to move in the same direction.”

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez calls the 1.7 billion a good “down payment” on the money schools are owed.