State's Top Schools Official Says Budget Cuts Will Lead To Teacher Layoffs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The top state schools official says the state budget means a lot of teachers could be out of work. 

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell says public school funding has been cut by 18-billion dollars this year. He says that’s the total amount when you combine reduced funding in the state budget passed in February

with additional cuts included in the revised package signed this week by Governor Schwarzenegger.    O’Connell says the cash crunch means most teachers who received layoff notices earlier this year probably won’t have a job in the

“Nearly 30-thousand pink slips went out to teachers and many of those will not be rescinded, regrettably. And this budget is not helping to rescind those pink slips...”

O’Connell says so far, the federal economic stimulus package has generated four-billion dollars for public schools in California.   But, he says that’s not enough to bridge the gap. O’Connell says schools will have to come up with some

creative ideas to make their money stretch over the fiscal year.