Outraged by Governor Schwarzenegger's latest political scheme to mislead the public about his broken promise to pay back the $2 billion he borrowed from our public schools and to give them their fair share of any additional state revenues, today the president of the 335,000 member teacher organization called on the governor to cease with all the name-calling and false accusations, and to honor the agreement he made to give schools the funding they need to succeed.
"Saying that he didn't make an agreement with the Education Coalition to repay our schools and then calling educators liars is bad enough. But claiming that he is fully funding Proposition 98 is perpetrating the biggest fraud since Enron - and it’s against our schools and kids," said Kerr.
"He broke his promise to our kids and now he has resorted to name-calling. That's the way bullies act, not Governors of California. We had an agreement with this governor. He knows it and we know it. No amount of name-calling can change that," Kerr said.
"Our schools and kids are in desperate need of additional resources and we cannot afford to play games with their education and their futures," said Kerr.
California is one of the leading economies in the world. Yet it ranks 43rd in per pupil funding, according to a recent RAND Corporation study.