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  • 1. Facts SheetRiverside cuts school busing, even to Related Articles:distant homes10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Recent News - School District Budget CutsBy DAYNA STRAEHLEYThe Press-Enterprise For many due to budget cuts, school is out for summer, literallySeventh- and eighth-graders homes in Victoria Grove andLake Mathews are 11 miles from their "neighborhood" Inland school cutbacks may cause strugglingschool in Riversides Woodcrest area, and this year theres students to slip through cracksno bus to get them there. School budget cuts threaten gainsThe Riverside Unified School District cut all middle schooland high school busing in March, saving $750,000 as the EDUCATION: Californias school funding systemdistrict closed a budget gap of more than $44 million. Last broken, speakers sayyears revenue from the state was down more than 18percent, Deputy Superintendent Mike Fine said. For the entire article, click here Budget cuts postpone traditional start of LAUSD school year Students face closure of alternative schools because of L.A. County budget cutsLawsuit aims to overhaul school School librarians read writing on the wall: Jobsfunding system, provide schools are disappearing as the budget crisis deepenswith more dollarsMay 20, 2010 Other Related ArticlesEducation funding must be increased by billions of dollarsto meet legal requirements under the California School budget cuts keep Snohomish CountyConstitution, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. kids off busesThe litigation, filed by the California School Boards Assn., School budget cut by $1 millionnine school districts and students and parents, arrives asschool districts are struggling from successive years of Budget cuts may close high schoolssteep budget cuts brought on by a sputtering economy andlawmakers’ reluctance to raise taxes. Frankford chops $20,034 from school budget-- Howard Blume California Teachers: Paying for School SuppliesFor the entire article, click here — and More Major cuts: High schools face hard economic lessons
  • 2. State faces new budget shortfall, newtax ideasMarch 16, 2009|By Matthew Yi, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau"I think were in a period in time where everythings on thetable. Were going to be $8 billion down before the inkdries on the current budget," said Assemblyman CurrenPrice, D-Inglewood (Los Angeles County)..."Education should be our prime priority," Price said. "Wefrequently are shipping funds away from education. Myproposal is one way of ... trying to insulate education fundsfrom those kinds of cuts."...Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murietta (RiversideCounty), who became the Senate minority leader lastmonth after a coup during the marathon budget session,said passing any more taxes or fees "would add insult toinjury to California taxpayers."... For the entire article, click hereNew tax increase today - and thevoters did itJune 17, 2009 |South Pasadenans say "tax me." In the latest in a string ofmail-only votes in relatively well-to-do school districts inthe Los Angeles area, voters in South Pas apparently haveadopted a parcel tax to pay for schools. The ballot deadlinewas yesterday; votes were counted almost immediately andthe finally tally gave Measure S just over the 2/3supermajority it needed to pass. For the entire article, click here
  • 3. Caps should mean lower school taxincreases next yearBy ANDREW SHAW The York DispatchUpdated: 10/04/2010 05:02:33 PM EDTTaxpayers ... rejoice?Theres a lot that can change before the 2011-12 schooldistrict budgets are finalized next spring, but the statesrecently released property tax caps show it will be difficultfor school boards to pass tax increases approachinganything near what they were a few years ago.The average property tax cap in York County is 1.7 percentfor the upcoming budget year. Thats compared to 3.6percent this year and 5.1 percent last year. For the entire article, click hereIn hard times, 9-R seeks tax increaseMoney needed for educational improvements, Durango schooldistrict saysby Emery CowanHerald Staff WriterArticle Last Updated; Sunday, October 03, 2010 12:00AMFaced with declining revenues and a gloomy economicforecast, the Durango School District 9-R Board is askingvoters for a mill- levy increase to pay for educationalimprovements the district no longer can afford.School administrators say the tax increase - ballot issue 3A- would raise $3.2 million per year for smaller class sizes,quality teachers and innovative programs and technology.If approved, property taxes for a home valued at $400,000would go up by $60 a year, or $5 a month.Officials say the increase is a necessity to maintain qualityeducation in Durango schools, but others in thecommunity are wary of another tax increase… For the entire article, click here
  • 4. Schools budget passes despite taxconcernsBy GEORGE LEDBETTER, Record Editor Monday, October 04, 2010Chadron’s Board of Education unanimously approved a$13.88 million budget Monday and a total property taxlevy of $1.50 to support it, but only after hearing from tworesidents who said the long term trend of increasing costsand taxes must be changed.“How can we sustain the increasing gap between incomeand taxes?” asked Bill Cebula, who said he thinks it willtake decades to reduce current high levels ofunemployment. “How can we keep our youth from beingtrapped in that bubble (unemployment)?”“You are facing the need for a paradigm shift in how weeducate students,” said Bruce Dye. “Our nation is going alot more socialistic. We are going to be forced to figure outa different way to educate our students.”….. For the entire article, click here See Summary pg. 5
  • 5. Summary Our public school system is in a financial crisis. The recession has not only cut down jobs, but thequality of education as well. Because of the $14.7 million cut from the 2009-2010 budgets, schools are beingshut down, dropping afterschool programs, laying off teachers, custodians, librarian assistants, counselors, andprincipals. Californian advocacy groups, school districts, families, students, administrators, and teachers arefiling lawsuits against the State of California, in hopes that the Superior Court will declare the state’s financialcuts from public schools unconstitutional. This is an attempt to recapture the quality of education that once wasthe customary in our schools. School districts, in a desperate attempt to gain financial support, are asking the government to raisetaxes in order to keep or schools afloat. Over 40,000 teachers have already been laid off in an economy wherejobs are in short supply. Californians are angry at the idea of another raise in taxes in an economy whereparents are forced to move in with their children to stay afloat. If they are given the opportunity at all, studentsare now being forced to pay for the necessary equipment to play in extracurricular activities such as football,basketball, golf and other expenditures that were once free to our youth. After school programs that onceensured working parents that their children had a safe environment to stay in until they were off of work arenow gone. Students are trying to learn in classrooms that are overfilled, while teachers that still have jobs aretaking pay cuts.In a declining education system such as this, the government is still planning to cut $14.1 million more fromthe upcoming school year’s budget. With parent’s already in a financial bind, where will they find the extramoney to pay for their child’s or children’s public education? Our Governor is trying to convince us thateducation is still a top priority in California. Politicians are telling us they have a plan to get our schools back inline, but until they are elected, we will never know. The fact of the matter is raising the taxes on our hardworking overtaxed community will not help the situation