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Budget Notebook: IUSD looks at possible furlough days amid hazy state budget outlook

BY SUPERINTENDENT TERRY L. WALKER Every May, for better or for worse, the budget picture becomes a little clearer for school districts, as the state begins to solidify its spending plan for the next fiscal year. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case this time around. With California’s budget deficit ballooning and the governor pinning his revenue hopes on a November ballot initiative, school districts are left with a growing number of uncertainties for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Most districts – if not all – are planning for the very worst.

Budget Notebook: Uncertainty at the state level means IUSD must plan for the worst

BY ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT JOHN FOGARTY More details have come out about the governor’s budget proposal, and unfortunately they’re not in our favor. As previously mentioned, Gov. Jerry Brown’s spending plan for 2012-13 is heavily reliant on a November ballot initiative that would temporarily raise taxes for high-income earners and increase the sales tax by a half-cent through 2016. If the initiative passes, education spending would essentially remain flat.

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