East Bay public schools started this school year with fewer teachers, one less Dublin elementary school campus, and cuts to classes due to the state’s ongoing budget mess. Public outcry nudged Governor Schwarzenegger to back off his initial spending plan while districts scrambled to retain as many jobs as possible.
By Martha Ross
|Approximate number of teachers in the East Bay suburbs who received notices that they might not have jobs this school year.|
|Number of letters from voters protesting school cuts that representatives for the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs hand-delivered to the governor and legislators in January and June.|
|Amount in dollars that parent groups and education foundations in Lamorinda and Walnut Creek agreed to raise, if necessary, for each of the four high schools in their communities to rescue specific programs.|
|Number of Walnut Creek teachers who actually lost their jobs out of 13 who received layoff notices.|
|Amount in millions of dollars that Pleasanton schools ultimately needed to cut—after facing a $4.5 million shortfall under the governor’s initial proposal.|