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School Board Votes to Oppose State Cuts

The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education adopted a formal resolution this week strongly opposing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2008-09 budget proposal. Under the proposed state budget, LBUSD would lose millions of dollars in 2008-09 due to the suspension of Proposition 98. California voters approved – and continue to strongly support – Proposition 98 to protect schools and students from harmful budget cuts and to establish a minimum level of education funding, the resolution stated. The school district already has cut more than $92 million in recent years. “The budget problem was not created by our students, and fixing the problem should not come at the expense of their educational progress and success,” the resolution further stated. California spends $1,900 less per student than the national average, according to recently released reports. To read the full resolution, click here.