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[Susan notes: Here's a great line: We're not cutting fat, we're amputation--Use it!

Also note the way George Sheridan details the loss of necessary services to children.

NOTE: As of this posting, George's letter is "not published." But his letters usually do get published.]

Submitted to Sacramento Bee but not published

To the editor

In response to "Teacher Pink Slip Fears Mount":

Our district has already increased class sizes and delayed purchasing new textbooks. It is considering cutting professional development, library technicians, nursing hours, bus mechanics, field trip drivers, assistant

principals, high school course offerings and instructional days.

California is underfunding its schools. Before the last two rounds of cuts, we were 44th among the states in per-pupil expenditures. Considering our high cost of living, our high rate of student poverty and our high number of English Language Learners, California schools may now be the

worst-funded in the U.S. Once we were a model for the nation and the world. Now we are cheating our children.

We're not cutting fat, we're amputating. It's no longer a question whether we'll meet our obligation to educate students, but whether we'll even be able to keep students safe.

California government doesn't have money to carry out its basic responsibilities. We need to plug corporate loopholes. Business in our state does not pay its share of property taxes, shifting the tax burden onto the rest of us. California is the only oil-producing state without a severance tax. Governor Schwarzenegger continues to promote tax breaks for businesses.

Give our kids a break instead.

George Sheridan

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