Donna Cunningham, PTA president at Edison Elementary School in Burbank, was one of the parents cheering on as speakers criticized proposals for cuts to schools.
“With the resources we have in the state, it’s appalling that we put such little emphasis on education,” she said.
O’Connell stressed the need for quick action by the Legislature to prevent the state’s deficit from growing and potentially having a further impact on educational funding.
“California is in crisis, plain and simple,” he said. “And each day that goes by without a budget agreement makes our state’s fiscal crisis worse.”
Schwarzenegger and the Democratic and Republican leaders in the Assembly and state Senate are continuing to deliberate over a plan to solve the state’s fiscal emergency, said Shannon Murphy, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.
A finalized plan has been delayed as representatives have attempted to craft a focused plan, said Murphy, who accused Republicans of slowing the process by bringing up issues that were not related to the budget crisis.
Democrats have placed a priority on education and have succeeded in influencing the governor into a “more reasonable position,” Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian said.
“We’ve had an impact in reducing the worst aspects of the governor’s proposed education cuts,” he said.
ZAIN SHAUK covers education. He may be reached at (818) 637-3238 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jason Wells contributed to this report.