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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Screwing the Future

The various acts of genius in the current budget deal, according to the LA Times, include these gems:
  • eliminate "state funding for new textbooks for five years, get rid of a requirement that special education students must pass the high school exit exam to obtain a high school diploma and reduce the minimum length of the school year from 180 days to 175."
  • lay off about 2,000 teachers in LA City Unified
  • eliminat3 funding for half of the children in the Healthy Families program, the low-cost medical insurance program for the working poor.
  • stop "the one economic development program that the state of California has -- in the worst economic climate in 70 years."
  • Sell Orange County fairgrounds and drill for oil off of Santa Barbara County
Random, unwanted, clearly destructive, no public support, and happening anyway.

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