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Teachers Sigh in Relief as Governor Softens Proposed Ed. Cuts


Aired 4/19/09

San Diego Unified school district officials are breathing a sigh of relief after hearing Governor Schwarzenegger has backed away from drastic cuts to education. But they say the district is still not out of the woods yet. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The governor has decided against a 10 percent cut to education funding in California. Now he wants to boost funding by about $2 billion for next school year.

The proposal means San Diego Unified might be able to keep more teachers.

Spokesman Jack Brandais says the district's finance team is crunching the numbers. 

Brandais : So now what our staff has to do now is sit back and figure out exactly how much money is going to be under this projection. What you have to remember this is the Governor's May revision of the budget proposal.

Which means things could change as budget talks move forwards this summer in Sacramento. Brandais also points out the governor’s revised budget does not include cost-of-living increases for school districts. That translates into a potential $4 billion loss for schools.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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