Proposes additional $1.2 billion in cuts to K-12 public schools.

Based on preliminary information from the Governor’s press conference, the deeper cuts may come from childcare programs.  For every $1 billion cut from the state education budget, Santa Cruz City Schools typically loses $600,000. This would bring the proposed cuts to the district’s 2010-11 budget to approximately $7 million from a total budget of $60 million.

The elimination of childcare programs (exclusive of preschool and aftercare programs) reduces the Proposition 98 formula by $1.2 billion, which reduces overall funds to public schools by that additional amount. Post analysis of the Governor’s statement indicates that one-time money may be used to backfill the reduction, leaving the net cut to schools about the same as proposed in January.