State Of California Budget Crisis Is Shrinking Payments To California Schools By Estimated $3 Billion Creating Serious Shortfalls For School Districts

As state legislators and the governor battle each other over how to create a budget for a struggling California, School District officials are left to struggle, too, facing a second year of deep, midyear budget cuts.

“The cuts to schools and state services proposed in the governor’s budget only serve to make an awful situation worse,” he said. “His call to defer nearly $3 billion in payments due to schools early this year would create a cash-flow crisis for our schools. I am also adamantly opposed to his proposal to reduce the school year by five days

 

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The Redondo Beach Unified School District, which last year lost nearly $2 million in revenue from the state, this year is looking at approximately $2.4 million in cuts.

According to Chief Business Official Janet Redella, this is an almost word-for-word repeat of what happened this time last year: Apportionment checks are late, categorical funds are in jeopardy and, worse still said Redella, is that these are still 2008’s issues.

“This has been a problem since the governor’s proposal last January,” she said. “The fact that we’re in 2009 and (we’re) still talking about 2008 is alarming.”

The budget at issue – the 2008-09 budget – covers the fiscal year ending in June. Redella explained that the 2009-10 budget hasn’t even been addressed yet, and the inability of the legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to agree on a budget impacts the School District daily, she said.

“I’m estimating $2.4 million in midyear reductions. What reductions can I make halfway through the year?” she asked. “If the Legislature continues to not come to a conclusion on this, we’ll still not have concrete information to make our decision on. The indecisiveness is backing us into a corner. The longer it takes, the fewer options we have available to us.”

This week, in an attempt to remedy California’s nearly $40 billion deficit, Schwarzenegger proposed tweaking Proposition 98’s guaranteed minimum funding to schools, which could create a $7 billion loss in future funding to the state’s public schools. This is in addition to earlier cost-saving suggestions such as shortening the school year by up to five days to save approximately $1 billion.

State Superintendent Jack O’Connell released a statement Jan. 9 that called the proposed $6 billion in statewide education cuts “crippling.”

 

 

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