I know most of my readers don't live in the state, but here's some info from the California PTA website that I wanted to pass on anyway.
Governor’s State of the State and Budget Proposal
January 15, 2009
Total new education cuts proposed by the Governor
for the next 18 months:
California is now 47th in the nation in terms of how much we invest in the education of each student.
Budget decisions will determine whether we abandon quality schools and health and social services for our children.
Budget decision will determine if tomorrow’s workers have the skills they need.
That’s how much is at stake.
Please call or email your state Assembly member, state Senator and the Governor right away and deliver the following messages:
We must find a balanced approach to the budget crisis that includes sufficient new revenues to protect children and the future of California.
Support continued funding for programs and services that help ensure that all children can succeed, such as smaller class sizes, arts and physical education, science, counselors, nurses, librarians, and health and social services for children.
We cannot build a world-class public education system by going backward in funding for education and other children's services.
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