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Districts to governor: 'We're not gonna take it'

Officials pass resolutions opposing proposed budget cuts.

Posted: March 26, 2008 11:14 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
Some local school districts are sending Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a message by officially passing a resolution opposing the governor's 2008/09 budget cuts.

The William S. Hart Union High School District recently passed such a resolution, stating that the governor's proposed budget reductions are fundamentally inconsistent with the state's goal of improving achievement.

"Since the accountability model has been put in place, our students and our schools have made great progress," said Gloria Mercado-Fortine, president of the Hart district's governing board. "We have done our part, but the governor is cutting us off at the legs here."

The purpose of the resolution is to take a stand on behalf of students and to send a message to the governor and other elected officials that the budget cuts are unacceptable, Mercado-Fortine said.

"It's to make a statement, and if we have all the districts doing this, it will make a huge statement that we're not going to just take it and be stepped on," she said. "We're having to make some significant cuts in services - we've even had to lay off some people.

"This is unacceptable and we're very angry about it."

The Sulphur Springs School District, which projects $1.2 to $1.8 million in cuts to its budget if the governor's proposed budget is adopted, also passed a similar resolution.

"The goal is to let our community know, as well as our legislators, that the governor's proposed budget has some serious repercussions for our students," said Sulphur Springs Superintendent Robert Nolet.

The governor's proposed cuts will result in the loss of up to $2.5 million to the Newhall School District, causing layoffs, the reduction of services and an increase in kindergarten class size, according to that district's resolution.

"Each district in the valley is trying to come at this in a uniform way, just to let our elected officials know that we think the governor's proposed budget reductions are wrong for education," said Newhall Superintendent Marc Winger.

Board members at the Saugus Union School District have discussed passing a resolution opposing the governor's proposed budget cuts, and the item will be on the board's April 1 meeting agenda.

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