January 5, 2012
Contact: Paul Hefner
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today on Governor Brown's proposed budget [http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/] (Outside Source) for the 2012-13 fiscal year:
"The Governor has offered us a difficult but clear plan to address the challenges we face. Even as it seeks to protect our schools from new across-the-board cuts, the budget lays out the stark choices that come with difficult times.
"The proposed reductions to child care, to social services, and to schools serving the blind and deaf would cause real harm to children and families who need and deserve our help.
"Because everyone has a stake in our public schools, we all have a responsibility to be sure they have the resources to provide every child with a world-class education.
"The budget also makes it clear that meeting that obligation will require additional tax revenues—both to prevent new cuts and to finally turn the tide after years of devastating reductions to school budgets statewide."