Teachers Unions & Parents Fear More State Cuts To Education Are On The Way

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Teachers unions and some parents are worried more cuts for California public schools could be on the way. 

They’re concerned an upcoming Legislative Analyst Office report on the state budget will show that California is facing another multi-billion dollar cash shortage. 

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
California Teachers Association President David Sanchez says schools already have suffered 17-billion dollars in cuts over the past two years. 

And, he says there’s nowhere else for lawmakers and the governor to slash spending...
Sanchez:    “There’s no more meat on this bone to cut and the next step is amputation. I mean we’ve already lost 16-thousand teachers. Losing your job in the field of education used to be unheard of...but that’s where we’re at...”
State lawmakers are debating bills that could help schools avoid at least some of the cuts. 

The measures would allow California to compete for more than four-billion dollars in new federal funding for schools—by linking teacher’s salaries to the academic performance of students.  

That’s a priority for some education reformers. 

But, teachers say it’s unfair and would encourage them to flee underperforming districts for jobs at schools where students test well. 

Meanwhile, the teachers and parents are asking lawmakers to close tax loopholes for corporations so additional education funding will be available in the future.