Governor's Budget Poses Challenges

In proposing a state budget this month,  Gov. Jerry Brown expressed his desire to protect K-12 education from further cuts, but he acknowledged that such a goal may be impossible.

Gov. Brown said he will go to voters as soon as possible to seek an extension of tax increases to protect education funding.  If voters reject such a proposal, K-12 education throughout California could suffer another multi-billion-dollar hit.

The Long Beach Unified School District cannot count on a successful statewide election and must plan for the worst, as evidenced by this week’s proposed closure of Burroughs and Buffum elementary schools.

The school district remains in budget-cutting mode for the foreseeable future, even though it as already cut more than $170 million over the past three years through hiring freezes, unpaid furlough days, layoffs and many other reductions.