Some educators are breathing a sigh of relief while others are still wary of the final ax after the release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget Monday.
Brown’s proposed state budget includes a $3 billion increase for schools from March’s budget outlook with no additional cuts to education. K-through-12 and community colleges’ general fund will get back $1.6 billion thanks to Proposition 98 money being reinstated, according to the 2011-12 Governor’s Budget May Revision.
Calexico Unified School District acting superintendent.
Fragale said one of the four school board members — currently in Sacramento lobbying for Calexico Unified — texted him the good news after a California School Board Association legislative conference.
“I can’t see any legislators complaining about that one,” Fragale said. “This money is not due to any kind of an additional tax. I would think that any of the legislators — especially if they’re smart — would approve it,” he said.
“I think it’s safe to say that we are definitely evaluating it,” said Imperial Valley College spokesman Bill Gay on Monday. “It does look somewhat encouraging. I think that we’re still sifting it through to see what the impact is going to be.”
Others were equally busy reviewing the revised budget the day of its release.
“This is very preliminary,” said Arnold Preciado, assistant superintendent of business services for the Imperial County Office of Education. “For the most part it looks like it’s going to be flat funding for K-12 but there is going to be a little less. Flat funding doesn’t really mean flat funding, there’s always an adjustment or cut in certain areas of education.
“Other budget categories take a hit and some don’t, so it all depends on the detail. It’s very preliminary,” Preciado reiterated.
“It’s good news but there’s still a lot of issues to be resolved,” Gay said.
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