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California education cuts target maintenance budgets

January 19, 2010

SACRAMENTO — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger''s proposed $1.5 billion education cuts, targeted at "central administration" costs, would greatly affect maintenance worker salaries and supplies, according to the Sacramento Bee.

According to the story, Schwarzenegger wants districts to cut from administration budgets to prevent hits to the classroom, but school administrators say cuts to maintenance budgets would be devastating and would reverse progress made by the 2004 Williams v. California lawsuit settlement, establishing standards for clean, safe schools.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer Brooks Allen said: "I''m worried that the depth of this budget crisis threatens every aspect of our schools. Maintenance is vulnerable. It''s a place you can cut and not see the effects today, but it can erode the progress that''s been made."

Trinette Marquis, spokeswoman for the Twin Rivers Unified School District, said: "Most of our schools are over 50 years old. Fifty-year-old buildings can fall apart really fast."

School districts will be asked to cut 10 percent of administrative costs out of next year''s budgets, the story added.

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