Many of you have expressed concern over the state of education in CA and in my district specifically as it relates to my upcoming travel for conferences, so I thought I’d keep a running update. Yesterday, we received an email containing the following information:
Update on the State Budget Crisis and the Impact of TVUSDMonday, January 28, 2008 Thank you for the feedback you have given me regarding the email sent to all staff regarding our immediate budget reductions. As I have mentioned to a number of people I have met with this week, I am very concerned about the lack of information available to us and what occurs in the absence of information. Therefore, each week I will send out an email informing staff of where we are in the process, adding any new information and answering some of the many questions which are popping up every day. There will also be a “Budget Crisis” link added to the district web site where we will list facts and resources for you as well as the public. Please know that as we address how to reduce our 2008-2009 budget by at least $10,000,000 all input, ideas and questions are welcomed. FACTS
- This budget crisis has been caused by the state’s spending problems not TVUSD. It will affect all 950+ districts in the state of California as well as many other state agencies. While we will cut as far away from the classroom as we can, a reduction of this magnitude will impact the classroom as well as administrative, teaching and classified jobs.
- For the 2008-2009 school year, the Governor is proposing to:
- Suspend Proposition 98 which guarantees a minimum level of funding to the schools
- Cut all district general fund budgets by 10%
- Reduce funding by 6.5% to categorical programs including
a) Special Education b) Class Size Reduction c) Instructional Materials
d) Home to School Transportation e) Supplemental Instruction
f) Supplemental School Counseling g) Various career-technical programs
This causes us to dig deeper into the general fund to support these programs or we reduce them.
4. This results in a minimum of $10 million dollars less in our district budget for next year as compared to this year
· The California state budget development process:
- This is the Governor’s proposal
- The legislature has to approve a budget, and things change as negotiations continue
- In order to prepare our budgets for next year we are required to work with the figures the governor has given us
Important Current Information:
- All districts in California are required to give letters to their certificated employees by March 15th indicating they may lose their jobs due to budget reductions.
- The board has made NO decisions regarding what programs or what positions will be cut.
- There may be some reduction in hours this school year for some CSEA employees. NO positions will be cut for the 07-08 school year.
- Certificated employees will be receiving a letter requesting that you verify your seniority date and all credentials that you hold. This information is critical as we develop seniority lists. These lists must be accurate. We appreciate your co-operation.
What you can do: .
- Keep our students as our highest priority. While it may be difficult remember why we are here and focus on the students.
- Write your legislators and the governor and let them know the drastic affects these cuts will have on our students and staff.
- Talk to your neighbors and friends asking them to do the same.
Today I was allowed to buy a case of copy paper (my only supply order for the year), what a sorry state of affairs!