January 07, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose cutting spending on K-12 education and community colleges by $2.2 billion when he presents his new budget next week, according to news reports.
The governor had promised to protect schools from such cuts in return for their acceptance of billions of dollars in cuts last year, but state officials said this week they would not be able to honor that deal in light of the state’s projected $8 billion shortfall.
Meanwhile a report released this week by the RAND Corporation showed that the state’s per-pupil spending declined from about $400 above the national average in 1969 to more than $600 below the average 30 years later. California’s education spending has lagged behind the national average for the past decade, the study found.