January 10, 2010
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Comments on
Governor's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2011-12
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today on Governor Brown's proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year:
"The Governor made good on his word to make tough decisions. Unfortunately, this budget extends the financial emergency facing California's schools.
"The Governor is correct in pointing out that our schools already have been hurt far too much by the $18 billion in cuts made over the last three years. We once led the nation in investing in our children and their future. Now, we're scraping the bottom of the barrel — with the largest classes, the shortest school year, and the fewest counselors of almost any state in the nation.
"This budget should sound the alarm for every Californian, and challenge us all to find a way to provide our schools with the resources that restore our state to its rightful place as a leader in public education."
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100