Wednesday, September 24, 2008

THE STATE BUDGET AND THE SCHOOLS

The Homeroom

posted to the LA Times Homeroom Blog  by Mary MacVean

Sept 24 -- Jack O'Connell, the state's education chief, says it's a relief to have a state budget. He released the following statement about the budget signed Tuesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

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Photo: Gov. Schwarzenegger discusses the budget. Credit: Associated Press

I am pleased that this budget includes an appropriation of federal funds intended for local education agencies that are in Program Improvement Corrective Action. I have directed my staff to work with districts and county offices of education, and to act with speed to appropriately direct these resources to minimize the funds that will revert back to the federal government.

I am also pleased that the budget includes a one-time appropriation of $12.5 million for a collaboration between the California Department of Education and the California Community Colleges to develop California Partnership Academies focused on the development of green technology.

While the budget that Gov. Schwarzenegger signed today does include a modest cost of living adjustment, schools and districts continue to grapple with increasing costs and greater responsibilities under our state and federal accountability systems. With costs continuing to rise, budgets being squeezed, and the fact that this budget is predicated on uncertain revenues, the signing of the budget brings only temporary relief for local education agencies.

The governor and the Legislature must continue with budget discussions now to find ways to address the needs of our students. I urge policy makers to craft a budget for the next fiscal year that includes new revenues that will allow us to truly address the needs of students in our public education system. We must provide funding that will help us increase the achievement of all students, close the achievement gap, and prepare students for success in the increasingly competitive global economy.

 

THE ACTUAL STATEMENT

California Department of Education News Release

Release: #08-128
September 23, 2008

Contact: Hilary McLean
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Jack O'Connell Comments
on Final Budget's Impact on Public Education

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell today issued the following statement regarding the budget signed today by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and its impact on public schools.

"While no one will applaud the final budget agreement, it is a relief to have a state budget in place. I have directed my staff to immediately distribute funds owed to child care centers and schools that were on hold during the longest budget stalemate in our state's history.

"I am pleased that this budget includes an appropriation of federal funds intended for local education agencies that are in Program Improvement Corrective Action. I have directed my staff to work with districts and county offices of education, and to act with speed to appropriately direct these resources to minimize the funds that will revert back to the federal government.

"I am also pleased that the budget includes a one-time appropriation of $12.5 million for a collaboration between the California Department of Education and the California Community Colleges to develop California Partnership Academies focused on the development of green technology.

"While the budget that Governor Schwarzenegger signed today does include a modest cost of living adjustment, schools and districts continue to grapple with increasing costs and greater responsibilities under our state and federal accountability systems. With costs continuing to rise, budgets being squeezed, and the fact that this budget is predicated on uncertain revenues, the signing of the budget brings only temporary relief for local education agencies.

"The Governor and the Legislature must continue with budget discussions now to find ways to address the needs of our students. I urge policy makers to craft a budget for the next fiscal year that includes new revenues that will allow us to truly address the needs of students in our public education system. We must provide funding that will help us increase the achievement of all students, close the achievement gap, and prepare students for success in the increasingly competitive global economy."

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Jack O'Connell — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

1 comment:

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