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Elk Grove Unified Joins Call to Fix Governor’s Proposed Budget
Elk Grove Unified Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D. and Board Member Priscilla Cox joined State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell and other education leaders from the Sacramento region at a press conference March 14 at the California Department of Education.
The leaders called for improvements to the governor’s proposed budget as the March 15, 2008 deadline arrived to notify teachers of potential job cuts for the coming school year.
“We are a family of teachers, parents, students and staff members who go to work every day to create academic Excellence by Design,” Dr. Ladd said. “But now we are forced to decide which of our efforts and people who work so hard for our students can be thrown overboard.”
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell and EGUSD Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D.
At the press conference, O’Connell announced more than 20,000 teachers and public school staff workers in California had received potential layoff notices. Districts across California are issuing layoff notices in response to the Governor's proposed plan to cut $4.8 billion from education funding and his call to suspend Proposition 98, the voter-approved minimum funding guarantee.
“School districts up and down this state are sending out pink slips to tens of thousands of hard-working, dedicated teachers, administrators, and school staff, not because our state faces a spending problem, but because we face a priorities problem," Superintendent O'Connell said.
If the governor’s proposed budget is approved, Elk Grove Unified will have to cut $25 million from the budget in 2008/2009 and again in 2009/2010. The potential cuts have led to the notification of 247 teachers and 141 classified (non-teaching) personnel about possible layoffs. The classified positions include several that are noticed each year because funding for their work requires annual renewal.
“The budget reductions from previous years were significant and left us with virtually little left to cut that would not directly affect the classrooms,” said Mrs. Cox, who also spoke on behalf of the California School Boards Association, for which she serves as the Region 6 director.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell and EGUSD Board Member Priscilla Cox
“In spite of California being funded at the bottom level of our country, we have done more with less and have been moving forward, making progress, significantly improving reading and mathematic scores, personalizing education for students and their families, integrating Career and Technical education, increasing graduation rates and college going rates, and closing the achievement gap,” Cox said. “The current budget proposal has left most of the districts of California with nothing left to cut but people – people who have devoted themselves to educating children.”
Joining Dr. Ladd, Mrs. Cox and Superintendent O’Connell were EGUSD paraprofessional Kate Friman, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David Gordon, Superintendent of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District Patrick Godwin, Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Magdalena Mejia and Rody Boonchouy, a teacher at Da Vinci High School, a magnet school in Davis.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, EGUSD paraprofessional Kate Friman, EGUSD Board Member Priscilla Cox and EGUSD Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D.
For more information about the EGUSD budget cuts, please visit the Budget Watch section of the website.
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