State budget cuts likely to trigger education cuts

AP file photoUp to $2 billion could be cut from this year’s education budget.

Midyear cuts to California public education became more likely today after the Legislative Analyst’s office forecast that state revenue would be $3.7 billion below the level assumed in last summer’s budget package.

That means up to $2 billion could be cut from this year’s budget, including $100 million from Cal State, $100 million from the University of California, and at least $30 million from community colleges. More than $100 billion could also be cut from K-12 education.

While many educational institutions factored the potential cuts into their budgets, the loss of funds will mean they have less cash in reserve for next year’s budgets.

In a statement, state schools chief Tom Torlakson bemoaned the possibility of cuts.

“If the Legislative Analyst’s forecast proves correct, mid-year cuts will bring yet another painful blow to California’s schools, which already have endured $18 billion in reductions in recent years,” he said.

“Fewer children will get the child care critical to a good start in life, more families will have to scramble to get students to and from school, and pupils will likely find more crowded classrooms once they get there. That’s not the world-class education California’s children deserve. We must commit ourselves as a state to finding the resources we need to make our schools great again.”

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