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Judge tentatively rules for California in school funding suit

posted Mar 27, 2012, 7:49 PM by Gary Jones   [ updated Mar 27, 2012, 7:53 PM ]
School officials said that by diverting $5 billion in sales taxes, the state avoided sending $2 billion it owed to education last year under the constitution.

In recent years, recalculating Proposition 98 has become a popular solution to balancing the budget in the final days -- as long as the powerful school lobby signs off. Last year, the California Teachers Association agreed to the shift after winning concessions that protected jobs. But school administratorswere upset because they said the budget had tied their hands in terms of midyear layoffs or furloughs while cutting $2 billion in the process.

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The manipulation of Proposition 98 by the governor and legislature is the primary reason schools are having such a difficult time. The bottom line is, schools are not the priority for state government. If they were, the state leaders would stop taking money from schools to fund other state operations.  --  Gary Jones

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