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O’Connell Says Budget Plan Will Leave Schools ‘Treading Water’

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Aired 4/19/09

State School Superintendent Jack O'Connell says the Governor's revised budget plan is a risky plan that would still not give schools enough money for next school year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

O'Connell says the Governor's proposal means more teachers would keep their jobs, BUT he says the plan still does not fully fund public education.

O'Connell says to expect larger classes and fewer special programs such as Advanced Placement, music and art classes. 

The Governor's proposal also withholds a cost of living increase for school districts. O'Connell says that means districts will have a tough time paying for salary increases, gasoline and school meals.

O’Connell: We need to do a better job making sure it's a maintenance budget, its status quo, we're treading water. Right now we are still submerged but we're not at the bottom of the pool as we were in January.

O'Connell says the Governor's plan means California would remain one of the worst states when it comes to funding education. 

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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