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Teachers And Schools Superintendent Sue Governor Over School Funding

Sacramento, CA — The state´s top school official and largest teachers union are suing to restore more than $3 billion they claim Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promised public schools.

In a suit filed yesterday, the state´s superintendent of public instruction, the California Teachers Association and a handful of parents asked a judge to find the state out of compliance with state law and the California Constitution.

At issue is a deal educators say they struck during a meeting with Schwarzenegger in December of 2003. Educators said they agreed to accept $2 billion in cuts to help the governor balance the 2004-05 state budget.

To do that, lawmakers had to suspend Proposition 98, the voter-approved funding guarantee for schools. Educators say the governor promised that schools would get more money if state revenues increased more than expected.