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High school board passes resolution to save schools

The local high school district trustees passed a resolution that calls on Gov. Schwarzenegger and lawmakers to “reject across the board cuts that would damage our public schools, and protect the voter-approved minimum school funding law, Proposition 98.”

The resolution was passed unanimously at the high school board meeting Wednesday night and will be sent to the governor’s office today, said Ralf Swenson, superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School District.

“On average, school district funds will be cut by $7.76 million per district” if the reductions suggested in Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget are implemented, the resolution said.



It also points to the incongruity where the governor proposes to ax $ 4.8 billion from public schools during a year he calls California’s “year of education.”

“Slashing $4.8 billion from our schools is equivalent to laying off more than 107,000 teachers or 137,000 education support professionals; or cutting per student funding by more than $800; or cutting more than $24,000 per classroom statewide; or increasing class sizes statewide by as much as 35 percent,” the resolution said.




Schwarzenegger suggested the budget cuts last month to deal with a projected $14.5 billion deficit by the end of the fiscal year 2008-09.

The local high school district already has started preparing for the cuts by offering retirement incentives to teachers nearing retirement.

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To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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