May 16, 2003
Governor Gray Davis’ May budget revision released this week brings more bad news to California public schools. In addition to the $28 million in cuts the Long Beach Unified School District is already making, the governor has proposed a cut in state funding of K-12 schools that would reduce revenue here by another $6 million. The legislature is expected to vote on the proposal next month.
"We’re going to live through this," said Superintendent Chris Steinhauser. "We’re fortunate to be in better financial condition than many other school districts. We’re committed to keeping cuts as far away from the classroom as possible.
“Unlike many other districts, we have averted layoffs,” he said. “We’ll have to make our lean operation even leaner, but we can do it. We refuse to allow the state’s fiscal crisis to damage the education of our students."