Facing a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing a very strict budget which would include slashing $3 billion from public school budgets.
The $3 billion cut from public school budgets is the optimistic number and assumes that the budget measures on the ballot next week are passed by California voters. If they are not, public schools could face $5 billion in cuts.
A recent Rasmussen Reports survey shows that voters do not favor raising taxes, but would rather see government spending cut.
This proposal comes after the news released earlier this week that although the state high school dropout rate had declined by 1 percentage point, the Los Angeles Unified School District high school dropout rate had increased by 3 percentage points to 34.9%. (See blog posting Wednesday May 13)
In addition to cuts to the education budgets, the Governor is proposing to release thousands of inmates from prison early, packing others into county jails, and eliminating healthcare benefits to more than 200,000 children.