California Educators Closely Watching Budget “Trailer” Bill
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Aired 6/20/12 on KPBS News.
School districts and teachers’ unions are closely watching how the California legislature handles an education trailer bill that still must pass before the state budget can be implemented.
In budget battles last year, the education "trailer bill" was released just a few hours before lawmakers voted on it, and included a controversial provision barring teacher layoffs. Dennis Meyers with the California School Boards Association said he's hoping that doesn't happen again this year.
"It's always a concern that in a year when there may be huge cuts coming that the legislature would decide how to limit how we implement those cuts," said Meyers.
School districts are trying to plan for more than five billion dollars in possible mid-year trigger cuts. Dean Vogel is with the California Teachers Association.
"Just about everything happens at the last minute," explained Vogel, "that's the nature of the final hours of the budget deal we would always like to be in the middle of that, sometimes we are, sometimes we're not."
Funding for up to three weeks of school could disappear if voters reject Governor Jerry Brown's proposed tax initiative in November.