GUSD fights for funding

Gilroy
– Alongside a state agency, Gilroy’s school board pledged its
support to fight for funding threatened by the state.
As part of his budget for 2005-06, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
proposed to withhold $1.4 billion from Proposition 98, which
guarantees minimum funding.
Gilroy – Alongside a state agency, Gilroy’s school board pledged its support to fight for funding threatened by the state.

As part of his budget for 2005-06, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed to withhold $1.4 billion from Proposition 98, which guarantees minimum funding. The governor also wants school districts statewide to take over $500 million annually for teacher pensions.

During the last fiscal year, an agreement was made between the Education Coalition and the governor to set aside $2 billion of that funding to help offset the deficit, but for one year only. The coalition, led by the California Teachers Association, has launched a public effort to oppose the governor’s plan, which would again suspend that funding.

To signal its support, the Gilroy Unified School District board last week adopted a resolution formally calling on the governor and the legislature to maintain the funds promised through Prop 98. The three employee unions in the district also supported the resolution.

Michelle Nelson, president of the Gilroy Teachers Association, has said she finds it “hard to get past the fact” that the governor promised a certain amount of money and is now breaking that promise.

The governor has denied breaking his promise and claims his budget is a compromise, saying that under his plan, education spending would rise by $2.9 billion this year and covers increases in enrollment and inflation.

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