May 12, 2011
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Issues
Statement on Republican Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement regarding the California State Assembly Republican's budget proposal to cut education funding by suspending the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006:
"I'm deeply disappointed that Assembly Republicans are today proposing that California's schools suffer further cuts on top of the $18 billion in reductions they have endured over the last three years.
"To single out our state's most needy students and schools to suffer the loss of nearly $500 million in funding critically needed to provide an effective, high-quality education shows a refusal to realize the toll these cuts would take.
"Classrooms would become even more crowded. Even more teachers, nurses, and counselors would lose their jobs. School repairs would languish even further. Fewer broken computers and outdated textbooks would be replaced. And students who one day will become the backbone of California's economy would not have the opportunities they deserve to learn and prepare to compete.
"Our most vital institutions—our public schools—are in a state of financial emergency. They deserve our very best efforts to arrive at a long-term, bipartisan solution. Sadly, today's proposal falls far short of the mark."
As a legislator, Torlakson authored QEIA that was signed into law in 2006 to implement the terms of the settlement of the lawsuit, CTA, et al. v. Schwarzenegger, et al. QEIA provided about $3 billion to assist the state's lowest-performing schools increase student achievement that were ranked in deciles 1 or 2 as determined by the 2005 Academic Performance Index (API) Base, the state's accountability system. For more information about QEIA, please visit the California Department of Education's Web site at Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006 - District & School Interventions.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100