California Educator

APRIL 2010

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As May Revision looms, CTA fights to protect schools C TA and its statewide Edu- cation Coalition partners are continuing the fight to block more than $2.5 bil- lion in additional education cuts proposed in January by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Work on a state budget will accelerate after the middle of May, when state law requires the governor to publish a revised budget proposal that reflects up- dated estimates of state revenues and expenditures. State Cont rol ler John Chiang has reported in recent months that state revenues have been running higher than the governor’s January projec- tions, and those additional rev- enues may help bolster support for the coalition’s arguments against additional education cuts beyond the $17 billion al- ready slashed from schools. “We’ve told lawmakers enough is enough, that our stu- dents and our schools can’t take any more reductions,” says CTA President David A. Sanchez. CTA and other coalition mem- bers have brought the case to the public through news conferences and radio advertising. A key element of the battle is to block the governor’s ef- fort to renege on an agreement approved by legislators and signed by him earlier this year that locks in the calculation of the Proposition 98 minimum funding for schools for the 2009-10 budget year. The gov- ernor’s spending plan seeks to manipulate that calculation and reduce school funding. CTA is asking lawmakers to honor the agreement, which is now law. As part of the battle to protect schools, CTA and its coalition CALL YOUR LAWMAKERS Call your legislators and tell them to uphold the promise to California’s students and •• • Protect public education funding from further cuts. Stand by the budget agreement signed into law (AB 4X 3) to restore $11.2 billion in funding owed to schools and community colleges. Oppose any attempts to suspend or undermine Prop 98, the voter-approved minimum school funding guarantee. 888-268-4334 �������������������������������������������������� Designed to advance your career Credentials and Certificates • Multiple and Single Subject • Administrative Credentials • CTEL • Education Counseling • School Psychology • Special Education • Reading and Language Arts • Child Life Specialist Bachelors • Liberal Studies • Child Development ������������������������������������ �������������� ������������������������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������� ������������������������������ ����������������������������� �������� Ranked as One of America’s Best Colleges - Forbes Magazine, August 2009 Masters • Educational Management • School Counseling • Special Education: Mild/Moderate • School Psychology • Reading • Special Emphasis • Child Life • Child Development • Advanced Teaching Doctoral • Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.) ������������� �������� COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP ����������������� ������������������ ���������������������������������� ��������������������������������� 30 California Educator | SEP MBER 32 APRILTE 2010 2009 Knowledge • Service • Vision ��������������������� �������������������������������� ��������������� partners are asking legislators to sign pledge cards committing them to vote against any further cuts in schools. CTA has also been sending legislators updates on the number of teachers and Continued on page 35

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