Governor Schwarzenegger was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”. Here are his words:
“Hello, this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.
This week our state Assembly has been debating education legislation that is crucial to the future of California schools.
We have an incredible opportunity right now to make our schools better, because the Obama Administration has put together the largest pot of discretionary funding for education reform in U.S. history.
The program is called Race to the Top and it could mean hundreds of millions of dollars for California’s students.
But right now our state can’t compete for this funding because we don’t have laws in place that will make us competitive against other states.
That is why I called a special session of the Legislature on education reform and the Senate passed laws that make us eligible for up to $700 million in federal funding for our schools.
Imagine what that investment could mean to our children, especially in these difficult economic times.
Now it is time for the next step. It is time for our state Assembly to pass the comprehensive package already passed by the Senate.
We must keep the momentum going because the clock is ticking and the deadline for Race to the Top is fast approaching.
We must have our application ready by January 19. We cannot delay and we certainly cannot start from scratch on a new package as some in the Assembly have suggested.
Let’s not let anything get in the way and let’s not get distracted by unnecessary debates about charter schools.
The federal government has made it clear: we must eliminate our cap on charter schools or we will not be competitive for this funding.
The federal government wants innovation and charter schools give us that innovation.
These are changes that I have been pushing for since I became Governor.
Now the fate of our reforms and hundreds of millions of dollars for California schools rests in the hands of our state Assembly.
This is a chance of a lifetime and the Assembly must act immediately, for the sake of our children and for our future.
Thank you for watching and thank you for listening.”
The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.
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