Azusa is opposing governor’s budget

This just in from Azusa:

The Board of Education of the Azusa Unified School District has passed a resolution opposing the Governors 2008 budget.  The Board and the Districts four employee associations including the Azusa Educators Association, Azusa Chapter 299 of the California Classified Employees Association, Azusa Management Association and the Azusa Federation of Adult Educators signed the joint resolution.

The resolution points out that under Governor Schwarzeneggers budget Azusa Unified schools would lose $340,000 in the current fiscal year due to mid year cuts and $6.4 million in 2008-09 due to the suspension of Proposition 98.

In recent years, Azusa Unified has cut more than $3.5 million, which has affected the purchase of textbooks, teacher training, and class size.  The Board noted that California spends $1,900 less per student than the national average.

The resolution points out that the budget reductions are inconsistent with the states goal to improve student achievement, at a time when our students are making progress meeting rigorous state and federal education standards.

School layoffs

Whittier reporter Tracy Garcia wrote a story in today’s paper about layoffs at Huerta Elementary School. The school is closing at the end of the school year to save money at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, which is going through declining enrollment.

NORWALK – The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified
School District approved the layoff of eight full- and part-time
positions in preparation for the shutdown of Huerta Elementary School
later this year.

Last spring, trustees voted to permanently close the
300-student Huerta Elementary when district enrollment declined by
about 1,500 students over a three-year period. The declining enrollment
cost the district about $9 million in state revenue, officials said.

Perhaps the next step is for the district to decide what they’ll do with the building and property. Weeklies reporter Claudia Palma is keeping tabs of Bassett Unified, which has a school campus that isn’t being used as a school. Those officials are deciding whether to keep it or sell it.