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Educators Show Disapproval Of New State Budget

Sacramento, CA — California´s educators are expressing their displeasure with the state´s new budget proposal passed by Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders yesterday.

A California School Boards Spokesman says the education portion of the spending plan is about $3 billion short.

The new budget adds $3 billion to the budget this year for education spending, however teachers say that fails to address an additional $3 billion the governor promised when he negotiated a deal with state educators last year.

Education groups say they allowed the governor to suspend budget increases mandated under Proposition 98 in 2004, under the agreement that those increases would be applied in future budgets.

Educators say the $3 billion figure in the new budget falls far short of what schools actually need.