Steve Shadley, Capital Public Radio
A few hundred school administrators and principals rallied on Capitol steps against past and possible future state cuts to education.
School administrators and principals picketed outside the state capitol today (Monday 3.23). They’re urging lawmakers not to slash education spending any further…
“No more cuts…No More Cuts…No More cuts…”
The Association of California School Administrators says nearly 40-thousand teachers and other school workers received the layoff notices a few weeks ago.
Bob Wells is the group’s director. He says state lawmakers support high academic standards but they shortchange schools…
“The state legislature and the governor have cut our schools by 12-billion dollars this year alone and it’s going to move our schools to dead last among the 50 states in terms of the resources we have. So, we need to get to the legislators and explain to them if you care about California’s future you have to stop cutting the schools.”
A spokeswoman with Governor Schwarzenegger’s office says the governor went to “extraordinary lengths” to try to protect education funding. But she says the state’s 40-billion dollar deficit required some tough decisions. She says that’s why Governor Schwarzenegger is backing a spring ballot measure that would create a so-called “rainy day” fund to provide a more “reliable stream of money” to education and other programs.