Repeal of Costly Bill to Education Community Made Priority by Governor; Coalition applauds Governor's commitment to repeal Senate Bill 1419

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--()--Jan. 7, 2004--Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called for the repeal of Senate Bill (SB) 1419 Tuesday night in a landmark State of the State address, which was hailed by the Coalition for Local Control of School Spending as a monumental step in the right direction.

"The Governor is restoring local control, putting kids first and protecting taxpayers with this call to action," Coalition Chair Jeannine Martineau said. "The repeal of SB 1419 will protect classroom funding and allow schools to be as efficient as possible." Martineau is the Immediate Past President of the California School Boards Association (CSBA) and is currently a School Board Member for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District.

Excerpts from the Governor's speech included the following:

"My proposal gets more money into the classroom and thus increases per pupil funding. First, we must give local schools the power to meet the specific needs of their own communities. This will give schools the freedom to spend the money as they -- not Sacramento -- best see fit to serve the children."

"Second, school districts are forced to spend an average of 10 to 40 percent more than necessary on non-classroom services. We must give local schools the freedom to be more cost efficient. One way to do this is to repeal SB 1419, the law that prevents schools from contracting out services such as busing and maintenance. This will free up more money for textbooks and other vital classroom needs."

The Coalition estimates that repealing SB 1419 would allow public schools to save $300 million every year without a single budget or service cutback. Coalition members include the California School Boards Association, the California Association of School Business Officials, the Association of California School Administrators, School Services of California, Inc., Community College League of California and several hundred local education leaders throughout the state.

"Our coalition of key statewide education organizations and more than individual 225 superintendents, assistant superintendents and school board members stand united to support the Governor and his administration's efforts to rescind this dangerous and costly piece of legislation," Martineau concluded.

For more information about the Coalition and its efforts to repeal SB 1419, please contact Coalition Coordinator Liz Madison at 916.456.0880 or visit www.noclassroomcuts.org.

Contacts

Coalition for Local Control of School Spending
Jeannine Martineau, 909-674-5469

Contacts

Coalition for Local Control of School Spending
Jeannine Martineau, 909-674-5469